Well..just wondering (since I'd like to lease a mare, but her owner doesn't think that I'm experienced enough [which I feel is unfair because she only judges on the certain things that I don't already know, and make sure to ask about] to handle her) what are some good ways to calm a hotter horse down a bit so as not bucking, kicking and tossing their head nonstop?
She's an angel when we leave for a trail ride (or so from what I've seen, rather calm. Could see she was a bit excited in her eyes though) but as soon as the barn is in sight she starts bucking, kicking and try to bolt to it. Her owner (also the barn owner) doesn't let her rush down (she does some gaming work in the pasture or "outdoor arena" ) but she doesn't do anything to stop her from getting so excited or bucking and such.
I've always been told:
They buck/kick-you back them
They rear-you push them forward
They toss their head-well..not sure about that. ;-;
But you get the point?
The main questions I'm asking are:
What are the best ways to handle bucking, kicking, rearing and head tossing?
And what are some good, worth-while ideas to calm a horse that's already under saddle and reacting like so (above) ?
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