However in the first photo she has her mouth open. Unless you have the outside rein tight, there has to be a reason she is reacting that way.
Rearing is typically to get away from an issue with the head/face/mouth.
true.. I never actually noticed that. Do you think maybe the bit is too high in her mouth or something? Or the bridle too tight?
I don't necissarily think you should get on immediately. First check to make sure there is no pain that is causing her to act this way. If there is nothing physically wrong then your horse has been off for some time and it sounds like she is full of energy and wasn't being respectful right from the start. When I go to mount a horse and they act in the way your horse did I would do groundwork first to ensure that the horse is respecting me and knows that I'm the one in charge. I would suggest doing groundwork and re establishing the rules
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i'll check her tack over again, and she had been lame, but she wasnt yesterday or today & the swelling had completely gone, but maybe she could still be a little sore..
& she's not actually my horse, I've just been asked to exercise her until she's sold.
It seems like she is being more stubborn than scared. If you can't use a crop the main thing you should do to prevent her from rearing is keep going forward.
she seems really stressed though, like when she's tied up eating hay, she'll constantly look round at me to check where I am, and the way she eats its like when a horse is scared of something like the vet & you distract them with food & they eat really fast & kind of agressivly.. hard to explain lol
i have to say in a situation like this I always look for pain in the horse first.
Saddle fit, back soreness, hock issues, leg unsoundness, foot soreness, poll/atlas pain, teeth pain, bit/bridle discomfort - and I mean EVERYTHING.
I've found that MOST of the time a horse acting out under saddle is either due to pain or a learned response originally caused by pain. However - I say most as there are always exceptions.
I say rule out pain first - or thoroughly check to try to find source of pain first - and go from there. Good luck!
she's already had her saddle fitted recently, and her teeth done. The bits not harsh at all, its a happy mouth one too. But i'll check everything over again but its not just undersaddle that she acts like it..she'll rear & spin round & stamp her feet while she's tied up etc.