Then I tried to pick her feet out. I lifted her front leg up and managed to pick it out but then she stamped the leg down. A girl who helps out at the stables was walking past and she said that I should just leave the rest of her feet because Nelly is sensitive. Then my instructor said that she would tack her up for me because Nelly bites and plays up when being tacked up. I had to stand about 5 meters away while she was being tacked up because she also kicked. I was getting a bit nervous about getting on her because I am not an experienced rider (I can walk and trot, and am improving on sitting trot and cantering). I was assured that she is fine once someone is on her and that they use her on novices.
Once I am in the school with all the other people that are in my lesson, she refuses to stand still and starts spinning around. I don't have any experiences of a horse doing that and I didn't know what to do. It seemed like everyone was having a go at me for not stopping her, but I didn't know how to. Eventually she stopped but then took to trying to eat my arm while everyone else got on their horses.
Eventually when it was my turn to get on her, my instructor took her over to a fence and make her face it so that she could not walk off, and them told me to grab the mounting block and get on her as quickly as possible. Once I was on her she took off, and I gathered up my reins and tried to get her to stop. The more pressure I put on the reins, the faster and more agitated she was. Because she was refusing to stop I joined the back of the ride and my instructor adjusted my stirrups while I was walking.
I was told that she does not like it when the reins are too short so I should give her rein, but then she kept going to fast and when I pulled on the reins slightly that didn't do anything but I did not want her to buck or anything because I had the reins too tight. This is all at walk, and when we move into trot it gets even harder. I try to slow her down and she doesn't, and is nearly crashing into the horse in front and my steering is rubbish because I am stressed out about her being to fast.
Then when I've been trotting for a few minutes, she suddenly rears a bit and then bucks me off! My instructor said it wasn't anything I did and phones someone to go and get a horse called Monty for me to ride of the rest of the lesson. I was a bit shocked as I have never been bucked off before (but I have fallen). I then here my instructor mentioning to someone that the saddle has slipped forward and was a bad fit. Could that be the reason for her bucking?
Then when Monty arrived I tacked him up quickly and got on him (he is a very good horse that does everything you ask him too). I join the rest of the ride and then we go into trot. His trot has NO bounce at all! I literally had to be standing up and sitting down and it was really difficult. When I did the sitting trot it was like walking! It was a bit annoying because we were practicing sitting trot that day and that is what I have to improve on, but Monty did not have a normal, bouncy trot so it did not help me.
Ok, rant over! Sorry for all the writing, I just had to let it all out! My arm is a bit sore from the fall, and I hope I have Charlie (the horse I normally ride) next week.