So my turn...walk, fine. Trot, fine. Canter from the walk, goes directly into the wrong lead..after a few strides she begins bucking. Before the bucking begain, her head was high, head shaking, ears back etc. This mare just did NOT want to canter.
SO, at one point in her past, she was injured while jumping. On a front leg..current owners do not know which leg sustained the injury. According to current owners she has remained sound while they have had her (1 year). They have not ridden her very extensively..mostly trails and pleasure stuff so I do not believe the injury has had much stress.
I am not interested in moving forward with the mare after tonights test ride for a few different reasons..but I am wondering with the mare picking up the wrong leads..and displaying obvious discomfort while in the canter, is this an indication of pain? Or lack of training? Sheer laziness? Isn't it quite unnatural for a horse to repeatedly pick up the incorrect lead?