Hey guys! I just got a new project horse a few weeks ago and am looking to gt some advice on her!
Let's give you some background info on her:
Jazzy is an ASB/Morgan cross (maybe?) who came from AC4H a few years back. Her former owners did not have the funds to put her into training, and I think that is where a few of her issues may have come from.
Now, she has great ground manners which actually surprises me compared to her under saddle behavior. She is the most nervous horse under saddle that I have EVER owned before! SHe used to be afraid of the mounting block and anything to do with it. We have gotten over the "horse eating block" and can stand next to it until I get on now...but she just gets so nervous and spazzy when you are ion ehr back it sad. She does nothign malicous or mean, no buck rear or anythign like that. Just she doesn't knwo how to flat walk and is afraid to ride with just one rein (I have to ride with draw reins in order for her to calm down,...which is odd to me). She was trained in Saddleseat and I have plenty of experience in that field as that is what I used to train and ride...but she was obviously handled roughly or beat or somethign along those lines under saddle.
The previous owners had her checked out by a chiropractor and vet and there are no back issues or feet issues or anything else like that. She gets her teeth done and all. She gets so worked up that even if we just try to walk and stop the whole ride and she will chew and chomp on her bit like no tomorrow! She is ridden in just a plain french link d-ring, very soft bit. But no matter what you do to her she works herself up and drips in sweat after her ride. You can ride with or without other horses and she does the asme thing. SHe has a steady trot, even tough she does the saddleseat crane neck and has saddleseat movement,. Her canter is slow and controlled, though she has a little trouble picking up her right lead under saddle.
Does anyone have any advice for me? This horse has incredible potential and I am hoping to do some dressage with her to help calm her down and teach her to give, etc.
I will post some pictures later so you guys can see her :)
But any suggestions as to excercises or anything else that I can try would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!
I can ride her in any saddle and it doesnt cahnge it, its just the way she is right now. All tack fits correctly, etc.