Have you ever wondered what the heck happened to your horse?
I was given my horse because she was dangerous and unmanageable. In just a handful of rides, she has stopped rearing, stopped bucking, stopped dragging on the lead line, and she doesn't flip over anymore when tied. Today's ride was amazing. We cantered both ways and I was finally able to give her some rein to let her stretch out. She cantered on the correct lead and didn't stop until I asked her to come down. She listens to my half halts like a champ. I sink my seat ones into the saddle and she comes right to a stop. I pick up the rein and ask for a rollback with my leg, and she turns on a dime. She is responding well to leg aids and I might even switch her over to a bosal soon.
We are still far from where I would like to be, but she has come so far, so fast, I'm wondering where her training went wrong. I worked with her a couple years ago and discovered that when she's not working, she gets restless. But if you give her a job, she's extremely driven.
I got her from a very nice woman, so I know she didn't mistreat her (I've known this woman for years). She said she sent Raina away to be trained by the Amish, and when she came back, she would rear when tied. It snowballed from there, I guess. This isn't the first horse I have retrained from Amish hands, and not the worst, by far.
When she reared, it seemed sudden and uncalled for. There didn't seem to be a trigger. She'd be standing there quietly and then BAM, she'd be in the air. I'm just perplexed, is all. Raina will never be a beginners horse, but she is far from crazy and dangerous right now, and it just took a couple months of off and on rides.
She has scars on her face, and a huge indent in her shoulder where the muscle has been scarred (looks like some kind of trama deteriorated it). She also has a smaller muscle scar on her hind quarters where the muscle dips unnaturally. I wish she could tell me what all went on.
And this is her today. She's all wonky because she never had back polos on lol so that's what her stance is about. You can see the muscle indent on her shoulder.
Please excuse the hair-do...they put new round bale holders out and it's been rubbing her mane short.