Alright..back to her background since I didn't explain it well enough. ST was rescued by Heather during a seizure up in (I believe) Westmoreland county years ago. Heather put weight back on her and took 5-6 years to get her to not bolt away if a man came near her and to be ridden pretty decently, and absolutely amazingly on trails. At Hookstown fair 2011, my dad had died and my mum decided we might be getting me a horse (since he was going to buy me Lucky, but there was no way I would spend $2500 on a ruined barrel horse), Heather overheard me talking to a friend about it and she said that she had ST for sale for $750 because she was downsizing (fine now, she sold her gelded colt and another mare). So, this mare had occasional (like..once every two months) trail ride and was otherwise completely out to pasture. I got on and she was extremely responsive and listened to everything, even though she threw her head a bit (rope hack, I tried to be gentle, lol), was told she's never cantered (hasnt seen her run in the field and never cantered her on the trails), so after we established a turn, stop, an back I had to canter her, lol. Well, we experienced a bit of crowhopping and bucking during that, but she did have a cue for it somehow. But, you have to keep in mind as well that the little fit was probably out of the norm since she was stuck in a stall all week since no one rode her (handwalked for a bit at night). Well, my mum went back on her word so I let Heather know that I couldn't afford her, sadly.
Come to this spring, Lucky was bought by S (CRAZY lady) and ruined. Was told I could use spurs on the trail (but could in the arena), couldn't whack Lucky if she bit or kicked a me (real funny), and was told that I made her headshy (which is BS, because I could do anything around her face and she wouldn't flinch). So, I texted Heather and asked if she'd be willing to let me lease ST. I liked her when I rode her at fair and didn't have an issue with having to pattern her and teach her how to canter and such. After a month, she was turning out beautiful, I put her in a 3-piece Reiner with a copper roller and she loved it and stopped chewing my bit, also very responsive in it, and I started taking her to shows, in which she did amazing, never spooked, but was still herdbound and had the occasional fit (I also don't think she's herdbound now..totally different behaviour). When I left for trade school, I stopped leasing her (I was living 4 hours away, no reason to pay for it), though I rode her twice (came home every 3 weeks) on trails and she was less responsive, but not horrible like this. Fast forward that last month to now, I'm leasing again because I dropped out of college. I'm working off my lease this month and then I'll start paying cash again (just started working yesterday), and Wednesday is when this all transpired. I did my work for her (and thought the pigs were going to kill me, lol) and ventured out onto the giant pasture, where I found all the horses in the very back, about 2 miles out.
And now we're back here.
Core, you're correct aside that I saw and rode her twice in those 2-2 1/2 months I was in WV for school. I believe you're mixing up another poster's post with the abusive rider though, Heather has never dealt with an abusive rider on her farm (I probably would've run em off, haha). But, I do plan on asking her when I see her next (should be soon, I still have to do the rest of her yard). Diet is exactly the same (had to look in the bins to get a treat in case she didn't come, I didn't walk 2 miles for nothing, lol), she seems to be higher on the totem pole than the new mare, from what I saw, and she didn't seem to be in pain anywhere (I actually groom her before I ride, don't just brush saddle/bridle areas and go) either. She's also around 11-12yrs old.
Cherie, I don't believe she's herdbound, because it isn't anything towards the other horses like it was when I first started riding her and she was for sure herdbound. I also didn't just hop right on, she stood tied for about an hour while I finished some other stuff up and we did groundwork until it was acceptable to where she was when I started riding her the first time before I got on. I don't care to hop around on my tippy-toe hanging off the side, so we worked on the ground until she'd stand for mounting. She wasn't spooky or overreactive when I got on. She obviously had some energy, but not anymore than she usually does when we trailer to a show. But then again, I have access to an arena with good footing at a show, where I was stuck with either mud, mini horse distraction, or weeds and groundhog holes then.
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