Originally Posted by jamm
Hi, New to the forum and need some advice. My father-in-law bought a 2 year old horse for my 9 yr old daughter. Yes I know, not good. Well, here is the low down. We were told kids were riding her and she had a wonderful disposition which she did. We quickly realized that if kids were riding her it they were not going anywere. She did not really know anything. So we had her for about 2 months and then sent her to "cowboy camp" for 30 days training. She came back almost perfect. We (mostly me) rode at least everyother day for about a month. Then all of a sudden one day last week she was horrible and has been everyday since. When I get on, she shakes her head, crow hops ans seems to be afraid of everything. She almost bucked me off. She also stretches her mouth and is drooling. She seems very nervous. This happend pretty much overnight. The only thing we changed is that we opened her lot up to the big pasture and she now has a large area. I called the trainer and after describing this to him over the phone, he thinks that it is just because she is young. He says that a young horse can just overnight become rebellious and that giving her the freedom of the large pasture is probably what sparked this. That all makes sense to me, but he did also offer to trade her for a 12 yr old gelding. I just want to get a 2nd and 20th opinon. Will they turn overnight, or is there something hurting/scaring her that can be fixed. We do love her and she had been very calm. Even traveling to a friends house and riding beautifuly.
First off, welcome to the forum
glad you were able to find this online community.
It could very well be that she is taking advantage of all the space in the field. A lot of horses get excited and become brats when they see they have so much space. It's worst if they know they have a green rider on their back.
Honestly, I would look into trading in for the 12 year old gelding if he is more broke than your mare. Even with an experienced rider and well tempered horse, she is going to need a lot of guidance under saddle to become the safe, children's horse you want. I'm talking years. If this 12 year old horse your trainer wants to trade you is experienced and well tempered, I would really consider into doing the trade. A well trained horse is hard to come by now our days. If this 12 year old is not what you want, I would look into getting an older horse (15 years old+) who has done it all. Those are the best first horses to own.
My first horse, was a 15 year old mare who had done it all. She took care of my under saddle and taught me a lot. It was the best decision I ever made.