Ahhh - just need to vent and ask for advice/confirmation from you all...I have a 4 year old Palomino Quarter Horse mare. I bought her earlier this summer from a woman who had started training her and had owned her since she was 1 1/2 years old - got a great deal IMO.
She is great with ground manners (except for tying, she likes to pull back but that's another story ;)) When I bought her she had never been worked with/ridden outside of a round pen!
But since then I have trailered her for camping rides and numerous other trail rides and also all around our area - for the most part she has been a dream!!
Yesterday I worked with desensitizing her (white plastic bags, lead ropes dragging,...) and she did pretty good.
Today I worked with her around the yard (near her herdmates, 3 other mares) and she was doing okay - until I tried to get a little canter out of her...she started crow hopping, throwing little bucks, and throwing her head all around. I gave her a reprimand (little yell and a smack) and immediately worked with softening exercies (giving to the bit and backing) as well as slow trot/jogging circles - to get her listening and working again.
After this I was able to get a nicer, slower, buck-free canter from her and then ended the training on a good note - but just wondering if any of you all have any suggestions for me out there for future training/riding sessions if she decides to act up again...? I know I have a young horse on my hands and every ride can't be guaranteed to be a dream...she is great for the most part though!
Thanks in advance!!!