Last month I started to lease my first horse. We did a two week trial before we made the contract, then I signed a five month agreement. I board him on my property and take care of him myself. Vini, my horse, is a sweet guy when he's around the pasture, but whenever I get on him he tests me. Usually he will stop without me asking, walk circles, and throw his head. I was told that Vini was 12 years old, was well broke, and could handle a green rider such as myself.
Well today he decided to test me again by stopping and not moving even when I cued him to. I pushed on him with my legs and he would take a couple steps then stop. About the third time I went to push, he reared four or five times. Somehow I managed to stay on until he bucked his back legs and I went flying. He was a full on rodeo horse today. I wasnt hurt when I fell(except for my pride) but it still stunned me.
I know the expression is to get back on the horse, but in this situation is that a smart thing to do? While I have ridden horses for years, they have always been well schooled. I have had a few formal lessons but that's it. Im just not sure what to do. Should I take more lessons to become a better rider and hope to conquer this guy? Maybe have a trainer come out and work with him? I am lost here.