So I've had Gypsy around 2 1/2 - 3 years. And I've had the same problem over and over again. Her spooking and blasting off.
She isnt on a hight protien diet, she gets 3 flakes local, 3 flakes orch daily. 1 cup strategy 1 cup alfalfa pellets, 1 scoop beet pulp, each feeding am pm.
So my big problems are I can't ride at night/evening, she's afriad. I can't ride when there arnt any other horses out in the padocks... My BO says she's not a spooky horse so then why have I gone off 5 times because she spooked.
SO today this is what happend. The wind picked up she spooked at a towel, ok I understand that. Walk her up to it, she snorted looked at it then we walked off. Do a couple of laps around the arena. The gate from one of the open padocks bairly crashes.
She BOLTS at the canter. "Then im like what the heck is that" a buck "wow a buck" another buck "A BUCK!" the third buck. While all this is going on her head is so far up there I can't do a one rein stop or we would tip over. She finaly drops her head, I cirlce and were half way across the arena!
I can handle a buck I can handle a spook, But not something like that. Bucking, bolting that is NOT normal horse behavior am I right?
Im like crying, I walk her around the arena I don't just get off. Im already thinking TO THE SALE! So then my BO comes I tell her and she askes "when was the last time she was free lunged?" "Well not that long ago" She acted like it was no big deal nothing to get worked up about. "shes not a spooky horse" Is what I always get!
IF she's NOT SPOOKY WHY DOES SHE ALWAYS SPOOK AND I GET THROWN OFF"
Mind you I've gotten so good at it I havent fallen off! But she spooks like that more times then the barn pansy Gus! I hate is cause I don't know when it will happen. I've been working her its not like I just don't ride for a week get on and say GO. Im sick of it cause then im afraid to canter and stuff like that!
What should I do, I really need help. I don't want to get hurt. But my BO thinks this is normal (hello my horse is the only one in the barn acting like this) Oh, if it help she is an apendix quarter horse, or TB cross. Please any advice :(