I love my old gelding, but, I get tired of doing the same old thing all the time. I was given the oppurtunity to ride the BO's horse. I told her abut the issues I was having withmy gelding, and she offered to let me ride hers until we get mine fixed. She was going to send him out and pay 500$ for a 30 tune up, and I told her just let me ride him!
She told me that he was lazy and didnt listen.
The horse she told me he was, is not the horse I rode today. He was a dream. I took him to the roundpen, because I am weary of riding a new horse out in the open if I have never worked with it before. We walked, trotted, loped, figure 8's, and sidepasses. He has a history of bucking people off (for no reason they say) and rearing. I quickly figured out that I do not have to touch his mouth, that is what gets him angered. He works completly off of his neck, legs, and seat. It was amazing. To get him down form his faster gaits, all it takes is a bump.
The only thing I can figure out is they don't know the level of training this guy has, and were riding him like a plow horse. If you get in his mouth he gets snotty, and that's what I am thinking the rearing comes from. He did everything I asked of him, the first time I asked, and didnt give me any crap about it.
Oh why oh why can't I afford another horse. I would buy him in a heartbeat.
On to my question. I would consider myself a great rider, without trying to sound conceded. But I did have one problem with him. When he was loping in the roundpen, he had so much rear propulsion, that it was lifting me out of the saddle. I am not sure if maybe I need to take a few lessons (lol), if it is something that he is doing, or if it is my saddle. I wish I could explain it better.
Maybe I can let them think he is as lazy and bad as they think he is, and get him cheap.