Frustration! This is long, I apologize.
Well as some of you know, I live out in the middle of absolutely no where and I just got out of the Marines so I have NO MONEY! I figured the best place to turn to for help is here.
I have a 14 yr old Arabian that my friend just gave me because she is a beginner rider and does not know how to handle him. She bought the horse from a girl who hadn't ridden him in a year but she rode him for us and although a little rusty he was just fine. She had him for a few months and the horse started bucking her off and running to his stall. She decided she didn't want him anymore and gave him to me, so now I'm stuck with a horse with a terrible attitude towards being worked. I had a trainer come out and she rode him and he behaved for her and she said with minimal effort he could easily be turned around. Unfortunately the trainer wants to gouge the crap out of me because I live so far away, and I just can't afford it, so if anyone has any ideas how to fix these problems, please start rattling them off! I will give you all the information I have.
Blaze was a former dressage horse and lesson horse that knows all of his basic commands and I have seen him side pass, pirouette, change leads, and all that jazz w/ the trainer. He rides very heavy in the bit and naturally collects.
Now with me he's a total jerk. He pays almost no attention to his bit at any pace more than a walk. When we are walking Blaze is well behaved no matter what the circumstance. As soon as I ask him to trot he becomes light in the butt and starts trying to get out from under me. Of course I have no one to evaluate my seat, but I have done just about everything to make sure it isn't me.. I've moved my hands around, I thought maybe I was reigning him in too much.. but I give him his head and he tries to take off. When I ask him to canter he will usually do better than at a trot but he often tries to buck me off, and every time he even thinks about it I start circling him and he will knock it off for awhile. I know I need to bit him up some, everything his previous owners told this girl is total crap. They sold her a saddle that fits a warmblood, and they told her to use this bit and he will run right through it.
I thought maybe the saddle I was using didn't fit right, but it seems to be fitting just fine, it sits in the right place I just need to get a larger pad as it barely fits on this one. I have lunged him with this saddle on and it doesn't bother him at all. He has never had any saddle sores after I have ridden him. I figured I should just start putting walking miles on him and so I've been riding him at a walk for about 1/2 hour per day. He gets bored after awhile and starts stamping his feet in frustration while I'm riding him! When I ride him every day he is better, but when I put him up for a week and ride him he goes right back to all these habits. He has good ground manners with me, but he didn't use to. When I pen him and tack him up he is a good boy and very respectful of me. I swear you would never think this horse could be bad on the ground, he is just the sweetest thing and it takes all of me not to spoil the crap out of him like his last owner did.
I don't have the best riding seat in the world, it has been a long time since I have ridden all the time (7 yrs to be exact) and he knows that he can move me when he bucks. He has yet to throw me despite his best efforts, and when he is really bad I stick him in the round pen and work the crap out of him. I don't know whether to get some spurs and just beat the you know what out of him every time he bucks or to carry a crop and do the same... I just have a feeling that he is too desensitized to what I'm doing for it to work. I just want him to start liking to be ridden again and stop his crap! In general his personality is sweet and mischievous, he has gotten into a habit of trying to bite but I NEVER let him get away with it, and he is very nervous most of the time... typical of an Arabian that has had rough handling in the past. Well... this was long... but I hope someone can give me some ideas of exercises to do. Thanks a lot!