Hi all! So I've recently started riding my OTTB, and for now I'm just getting a feel for what she already knows (I don't know anything about her history between the track and when I adopted her). She seems to have great days and not so great days. She's also very spooky. We will be walking along calmly and all of a sudden she will hear something and start bucking and shaking her head. I plan on having the vet out to check for pain, but I'm not so sure that's it. We will have entire rides with no problems, then a day like today where something at the end of the ring is scaring her, so she won't go anywhere near it. When she bucks I pull her around in a tight circle (mainly just to keep her from throwing me off), then try to drive her forward. Some days it only happens once or twice and otherwise she's fine. But today she would refuse to move forward or turn. I have tried riding bitless and have checked for back pain, but well see what the vet has to say.
Anyway, is there anything I can do besides circle and/or drive her forward? I'm getting better at anticipating her little fits, but sometimes they come out of nowhere (or so it seems to my human senses :P) I have a trainer coming out to work with both of us in a couple weeks since this is more than I've ever dealt with!Assuming its not pain related, could it be an attempt to evade work? Or simply fear? Thanks for any advice! Posted via Mobile Device