Help with mare
Hi all, I have a 15 y.o. mare that I bought a little over a year ago. She was pregnant at the time and we rode her around the corral when she was about 2 months from foaling and she did ok. The filly was born last April 30, and the mare had some trouble maintaining weight while nursing. So we didn't ride her at all. I rode her once a coupe months ago and she did ok if I started her by turning her head one way or the other. If I just squeezed my legs she kind of humped. Not really a buck just a little bump. Then refused to move.
So I talked to my horse friends and they thought it was a respect issue. I had the farrier out and she wouldn't let him pick up her feet. His wife is a horse chiro so she worked on her, pushed and pulled a bit and it was like a whole new horse. So since (2 months ago) we've been working on her respect on the ground and she's been pretty good. A little testy when she's in heat, but for the most part pretty respectful. So Sunday I caught her, put the saddle on her, bridle her everything ok. Then when I went to put my foot int he stirrup, she pinned her ears and cocked her leg to kick. So I took her to the round pen thinking I could lounge her and then try again. She didn't like it but she did it. She's in heat again and spent most of the time looking at the geldings that my neighbor has (it's his round pen). So when I was trying to get her going she started bucking and broke the saddle. So, leaving the bit and bridle on, lounged her some more to try and get her to join up. No luck. So I led her back to our pasture, good as gold. Brushed her down, took the bridle off, good as gold.
So the question is, what next? This is my first horse, so I'm learning but I'm a bit frustrated. Should I have just jumped on and hope she didn't buck me off? Any advice on how to get riding her safely? The farrier/chiro will be coming out next weekend for a trim and check her back.
Sorry about the long post, but I wanted to give you guys as much info as possible.