Whew, the first one that pops into my mind wasn't "crazy" persay, but she was one of the ones that made me the most nervous riding her. People say that it is a terrifying experience to have a horse run off with you. I say you don't know what terror is until they are running off with you.....in reverse
She had already been through one trainer that supposedly spent 30 days on her
. Well, when I got her, pretty much all she knew how to do was go backward. If you applied leg, she would go backward, if you whopped her on the butt, she would go backward, if you sat still, she would go backward. If you put any kind of pressure on her at all, she would speed up to an unsafe backward speed.
I found out later that the "trainer" she had been to trained his horses to go backward with leg pressure....and apparently one of the most common complaints was not being able to stop the reverse when you needed to.:roll:
Any time she got spooked or stubborn or irritated or confused, her very first instinct was to just take off running backward. That is a gut-wrenching experience knowing the horse you're riding is running backward up the bank of a creek with deep cow-trails in it and there's nothing
you can do to stop her
During one ride, she damn near flipped over backward with me several times while I was trying to get her to cross a creek. After the last time, I got off and we had a pretty extended "come to jesus" meeting. By the time I was done, I was sucking air almost as hard as she was....but I got on and was able to coax her across the creek without a single episode of running off backward.
I don't know exactly what I did, but it worked. She only had a couple of relapses and they weren't bad at all. Now, she's back with her owner and she adores this little mare. She said that "It's so nice when she sees something that scares her, she just looks and then goes on".