Okay some of you have helped me in the past. Quick recap. I have a tb mare 7 yr old that I am trying to sell to help an owner in trouble financially. She was underweight and not feeling great when she arrived. She was an angel at first, doing everything asked, even trail riding though she had never been out of an arena or off the farm she was raised on. The better she felt the worse she acted.
She started rearing, acting up, etc. A friend starting riding her on the trail and tiring her out. I rode her a few days after he took her on a long hard ride and she was perfect. The next day or so she got a huge cut on her side and I was not able to ride her for 3 weeks. I tried working with her on the ground and for the most part she was very good, though afraid to go too far from the barn. Yesterday I got on her again for the first time in 3 weeks. She was a brat!
I had another horse and rider to give her some courage. We barely made it from the barn area when she started acting up. I took her into the arena and she refused to go anywhere but a very small area and kept backing up, turning in circles and refusing to move. Eventually she started walking in bigger circles but would rear and paw when she did not get her way. I finally got her to walk back out of the arena and was going to allow her to go back to the barn without any further issue but she freaked out started rearing, backing up and scraping me up against a tree. I had to get off finally. I took her into the round pen and at first she was good but then started staring off into the distance and stopping and refusing to move at all. I mean sitting her butt against the fence and sort of sitting down and refusing to move. She kept turning around and looking at me and nosing my foot.
What the heck? It seems to be a mixture of being bratty and stubborn and actually afraid of getting too far from her pasture and comfort zone.