I really need help. I am not nor have ever been a disciplined rider; I grew up with a couple horses my parents had, totally for pleasure riding. Then we had a couple of babies, and inherited a couple more. I've probably ridden 10 different horses in my life, had a few English lessons, but found I am a Western rider at heart...completely for pleasure and to relax.
Haven't had a horse for years, but finally my husband and I got a couple of horses a few weeks ago, and we have so been looking forward to trail riding together. Since I'm now in my 40's, and not a "trained" rider, but very confident and comfortable with horses, I didn't want a "spirited" horse, just one who would relax and ride. I found my dream horse! ...almost!
She is 10yrs old, lets me mount her without moving a step or holding the reins until I TELL her to go, walks nice and relaxed, waits patiently for everything. I am in love with this horse! ...until I asked her to canter. Granted, at first her trot was extremely rough, but within a couple of rides it's now normal. I cannot sit her canter! I tried letting her decide when to canter, following behind my husband and his horse...almost fell off! That was the first time.
Then we thought, okay, lets do it on this path down the middle of a field in a straight line. OMG! I honestly FELT like her legs were going every which way, her head was way up in the air, and her back end felt like it was almost bucking, but not quite. What the heck! I was hanging on for dear life! I tried reining her in a bit, head just came up higher and it got rougher. Then my husband said to let her go, even try to push her faster; I tried once. NEVER AGAIN, LMBO. ... unless someone can tell me that will fix it, anyway... What the heck???
He tried riding her, he said it felt somewhat rough, but he was in no way feeling it was as bad as I do. I have cantered and galloped on quite a few horses in my life, and I don't know what to make of this! Why is she doing it with me? Or was it a coincidence?
I've never NOT been able to sit a horse, even one I had that bucked all the time when annoyed.. and one I got reared for a week when he didn't want to be ridden, until he learned it wouldn't get me off. I am still not the least bit intimidated by her, she doesn't feel like she's doing it with malace or fear.
My husband mentioned one other thing he noticed that I also felt. She tries to "slide" to a stop by planting her back feet, instead of just slowing down; I don't know if that's even connected to this issue.
....HELP!... I LOVE this horse but I've got purple bruises on the insides of my thighs!