Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
Don't be afraid of being too hard on her. I don't believe in hitting horses between the ears but the second she dedided to go backwards I'd be all over her behind with a crop. And she could go backwards for DAYS if that's all the movement she would do, but she would not stop until it was ok with me. I would also put a standing martingale on her, short enough that she didn't toss her head high enough to go up in a rear. And again, the crop and spurs are your friend. She's just being a barn/herd sour brat and learning very quickly that if she starts that you'll get off and put her away, so she wins.
i couldnt agree more, we have a gled at the stall I work with him almost daily and her owner sounded just like you she didnt wanted to go hard in him and it all wnet worse!!!.
He started rearing and the bucking and suddenly he had days he wouldnt move from the center of the arena.
The spurs and crop are a very good allie with this kind of horses, y trainer says a horse that backs up and pretend to rear are the worse cos one they they will rear and going backguard they will easily fall on top of you.
If you flex the neck of a horse he can't rear.
So when she begins to be a brat turn her head slightly one side hold ur reins with one hand and whip her behind. Shell probablly buck.
and then start walking and if she wants to run to her barn then really make her run... and hold your reins tight put ur crop on the stall side if she sidesteps use ur whip. And make her canter in the ring for a while, make her get tired and she will learn not to mess with you again.
Believe me she will learn. Im not saying whip her all over or be abusive but like my trainer says a good slap is better than 100 tryes and a bad fall.
Really hope this helps if I can and this horse actes stupid ill film him for you to see what he does and how we work with him.
Your horse doesnet need to fear you just to respect you as an authority she can't go arround being a brat cos she can be a danger for you and for other riders