I am at my wits end with this mare that I have owned for going on three years now. When I traded my show gelding for this mare I was looking for a horse that I wouldn't have to re-train everytime I gave her a break. And for a year this worked great!
If she got upset or didn't want to do something she would just dance in place.
But when I took her back the the trainer I bought her from, so he could ride her again, she came unglued!!!! I swear the whole time I had owned her she never threw a fit like she did that day....She had preformed everything from bolting to bucking to rearing. All because she did not want to side pass for him. Which she had been taught and used several times before. After she wore herself out she did everything he asked without complications. As for what we thought it was just a fluke...oh but we were wrong.
A few months later my family and I went to Shawnee and she threw me into a fire pit, for just getting on. Now she rears evertime she does not want to do anything. Once she learned that I wasn't getting off of her and we would work through it, she had to come up with another plan or give in.
Not this mare, oh no she found another way of getting me off now....she now rears up and flips over backwards. At first I thought it was an accident. Not so much now she has flipped over on me four times in the last year. And what is crazy is some days we will have a pleasant ride with not a single problem. And I know when it's coming because she'll pin her ears and bunch up underneath of me, her whole body is solid like a rock.
I have tried doing groundwork and gaining her respect, it'll work for a while and then she starts rearing all over again... I just don't know what else to do! Please if someone has had any experience with this, if you can tell me how I can manage her behavior.