Okay so, Duchess has always had issues with trotting. We don't think she actually understands how to trot. The last owner rode her like a freight train. She can walk and gallop but everything in between seems to be lost to her.
Now, she's just fine at the walk. We have a few issues with her trying to get out of work but we've corrected most of them and are still working out the kinks on the rest. Trotting on the other hand is..kind of a train wreck?
I've trotted her on and off of the lunge line. Off the lunge line she refuses to listen to directions. On the lunge line she listens but boy is she NOT happy!
The first few times, she would throw her head in the air but break into her wacky trot (she speed trots then goes slow then speed trots then just randomly stops?).
The next few times she's started doing this really weird crap. She throws her head up but then throws her head to the ground and strikes out with her front feet. Its the weirdest thing.
The first few times she tried it, I could move her back into trot. Yesterday I tried to move her past her little display and she reared on me both times I tried to move her forward.
We aren't sure what to think? She's not in heat. The issues started when she was in heat but that was 2 weeks ago. She's ridden with an eggbutt snaffle, no spurs, with a very light hand and leg. Her saddle fits her just fine, she shows no signs of being sore or lame anywhere. I checked her feet over.
We're going to video tape Saturdays lesson and send the video to her past owner and to our vet. She's going to get a vet check to ensure there is nothing physically wrong with her.
Even my instructor can't figure out the striking thing. She's never run into a horse that's done it.
It almost looks like some wacky dressage move but not really?
Any ideas or suggestions?