Hi, I have cantered on this horse for the past two months with no issue. In fact, she has never shown such disobedience till today when she did it two minutes into the lesson. She refused to follow the other horse in front of her, and would keep cutting the circle smaller. I have ridden her this way before and she was fine. I had ridden her on her own, without following any horse before. And she was fine. She cantered large on an arena beautifully and we were a great team.
But today, was really something else. She showed refusal early in the lesson, I directed her with my reins. She protested by going the other way and pulled very hard. I could feel early on that today was different. The more we went on, the more I tried to educate her, the angrier I could feel she was becoming. So by the time, the instructor shouted to whip her, which I didn't even have to.. she was already picking up speed very quickly on her own. When he shouted canter, she just took off like a bullet..I pulled right rein to stay on the right rein, she stubbornly refused and darted across the arena, going very fast. I don't know if she deliberately wanted to throw me off. But she definitely didn't want me to continue telling her what to do. Everything I told her to do, she contradicted me. When I had to get back on her after the fall, I tried to trot her.. and she again tried shied away from the direction I wanted.. with such determination I decided I had enough (Falls) for the day.
This is a pony that children have ridden with no problems. Why do I always set off a horse that is supposedly placid and extremely safe?
On the ground, horses don't seem to have an issue with me. On trail rides<< I ride ok too. It's only the arena..
I don't even know if my riding school has any good horses left for me to ride. I just set even the most calm ones off.. SOB
My neck hurts a lot from the fall, and I even knocked my head as my helmet was loose..
Re unbalanced body, yes.. I know I have a heavier right side. But then the horse was refusing me for both directions.. even the right rein. And btw, this is not the first time a horse refuses to go the direction I want. Steering a horse shouldn't require such deliberate and strong hand aides. When the instructor has to tell me to pull harder and the horse ignores me, something is seriously wrong.
Last edited by mavis; 04-09-2014 at 01:03 PM.