Hi everyone...just a quick background...I am new to the forums but have been reading here for quite some time. I am a mom who has a 15 year old daughter. She has basically been riding since she started with a local park district program at 5 yrs old.
She started more formal regular lessons at a local stable when she was11. She is a solid medium level rider who can deal with a challenging horse. She easily jumps 3 ft jumps no problem.
We currently are trial testing a 7 yr old (Green) Gelding appendix paint horse. He doesn't seem to have a spooky bone in his body which is GREAT, but he seems to want to buck when you ask him to move into a cantor. The owner did a very short cantor on him which was difficult to get him to move into and stay with, but I didn't notice any buck when the owner was riding.
Yesterday was the first ride for my daughter since we took him to our stable. After a nice easy free lunge at mostly a trot, she got on and took about 15 minutes warming him up at a walk. When she asked him to trot it took quite a bit of effort to get him going but he did very well...very well behaved.
My daughter then asked for a cantor which the horse just didn't want to do. We decided to go get her trainer. The trainer had my daughter ask for a cantor...the horse would start to arch his back as soon as you pushed him too fast (he was looking like he was thinking about bucking).
The trainer had my daughter get off. The trainer then free lunged the horse making him cantor. WOW! Can that guy buck!! The trainer really had to keep after him with the lunge whip. She got pretty close to him, catching his back legs with the rope on the end of the whip a couple of times and the horse kicked out a her. FYI, the trainer tried free lunging with and without a saddle and tack and got the same result.
My daughter's trainer feels that this horse has a really good solid mind, and that the bucking at the cantor is a training issue caused by the fact that he is really Green. The trainer thinks it can be trained out of him in just a few weeks.
As a mom, I don't think I want to take that risk. My daughter doesn't really want to bother with a horse that takes so much effort to get him to work.
So I thought I would go to the masses and see if anyone else has any experience with this issue. Does anyone have any thoughts as to why a horse would do so well at slower gates yet get so upset when you ask for a cantor?
Thanks for the help!