I've just recently joined so perhaps I should tell you a bit about myself first. I bought a horse on May 1st, 2010. She is a 2-yr-old Paint Horse that I call Roxy. She's very sweet, follows you around in the pasture, leads just fine, etc. She's only been under saddle for about 3 months. I don't expect her to be perfect at all, just to be able to complete a simple walk, trot/jog, lope, and back up. She walks, trots, and backs up on the ground just fine. Our signal to trot is a kiss, and we're still working on the lope but I think that will be a clicking noise.
So, anyway, she was just perfect after we got her back from the trainer. No, we did not break her ourself, we sent her to a local trainer. We rode her there and she did just fine also. Until around, umm, two weeks ago? She rode very nicely, all of her transitions were smooth and we were so happy with her progress.
In the past two weeks or so she's developed some bad habits. It all started when she got spooked by something in the pen and I fell off. Then my brother fell off during that same week. Now whenever we try to mount, the horse just bolts. We've tried nearly everything; putting pressure with the hand first, then leg, then more foot pressure in the stirrup, etc and going up like that until we can swing our leg over. Lately even that doesn't work.
Her tack seems okay, and she's a pretty good horse once you're on (just VERY testy) so it's basically just getting on and off. Dismounting is a real pain, pretty much the same as mounting. As soon as she feels like you're getting on or off, she runs. We have to have someone holding her or have her lined up in a corner where she can't move, but sometimes that doesn't work either.
My brother is in college so I'm usually the one that rides our horse. But when my brother comes home, he's like a new rider, and Roxy seems confused. That's when all the bolting started. She doesn't give very many problems once you're in the saddle.
I had my brother groom her and spend time with her, and she seemed better, but it's still not quite what we want.
Sorry for the novel. We can contact the original trainer but he said she never threw him or anything, so I don't think she had this problem before. We're thinking that she's just had so many bad incidents, that she 's scared. Yesterday we worked with her for almost 3 hours, and by the end she let us get on and off with only a mere shiver or head raise. Both my brother and I had very good rides, so that's a plus.
Again, sorry for the novel. Thanks for reading, all help appreciated!
P.S. Remember that this is a young horse, and all we ask of her (for now) is a safe ride. In a few years, I'll eventually be showing her at local 4-H shows.