7 year old acting like 4 yearold? (rant worning-long)
I am starting to get really frustrated with my horse. He is a 16hh 7 year old gelding behaving like he’s 4. He is behaving worse than when I first got him (he was 6).
He is getting to the point of being un-rideable . I can’t even get him to walk forward to go up the hill in the paddock (this the only place I have to ride unfortunately). Its winter and the snow is crunchy, so not that great of footing, but still I was only asking for the walk. I finally get him going up the hill than coming back down he tries to canter. We go back up the hill again and he starts to roll (I barely jump off in time). This is the third time he has tried to do this in the past year. Once last winter, and another in a friends round pen. I get back on him and he starts doing all kinds of weird stuff so I figured the ride was going nowhere, and lunged him for a while.
When I got him I was a green rider, and he tried all sorts of minor things like balking, but now its turned into much more dangerous things. I guess I am just becoming very frustrated, and questioning myself as a rider…maybe I am too green. I feel like I’ve ruined him. It doesn’t help any that he has had a few bouts of uveitis so I’ve been stressing over the treatment and the bills, he is a cribber, and sometimes I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into.
Sorry for the rat. Kudos to you if you got through it.