Well she has nicely gained weight now. She is getting about 1 scoop of feed am and pm and timothy mix hay. She is out 24/7 and gets ridden every few days. However problem is she is still having issues.
She calmed down a bit and was working better in the ring. Then she started acting up really badly. Rearing while I am on her and when I am lunging her.
My sister and her trainer (who actually owns and trained the horse) seem to think I need to be tougher. I agree that I am a much softer rider than the trainer, however I have tried smacking her when she does this but it doesn't even phase her.
She is a 7 year old TB and has been trained to jump and do dressage. She is beautiful and sweet for the most part but she has a hot streak that is becoming an issue.
She also is attached to her pasture mate, not a big deal but definitely adds to her being difficult.
She was eager to go out on the trail at first now she is adamant about not leaving even the barn area.
I feel like I have ruined this horse, but I have been riding for 35 years and have broken horses and ridden difficult horses a ton. I just don't know why she is acting like this. I know she was underfed most of her life and now is getting treated like a princess (good food, hay, grass, pasture, etc) and she seems to be feeling great. But now she is feeling so good she doesn't want to work or pay attention.
Sometimes she even scares me when I am on the ground leading her. I am having another good rider work with her also and he is doing okay but still has issues with her, (he is a very calm, patient rider)
We have looked for issues with saddle, etc, nothing there. She often just runs around in the pasture bucking and carrying on. Its like she has reverted to a 3 year old instead of a trained 7 year old.
My sister suggests lunging her into submission with side reins, but when I lunge her with side reins she gets very mad and rears and gets completely out of control. (I have the reins very loose)
I do think she is feeling great and letting me know, but I am just not sure where to go from here. I was supposed to just keep her for a few months and sell her cheaply so her owner could get a little $ out of her. I was told she was a perfect calm trained mare, but instead she is turning out to be a hot head and difficult.
Right now I am just trying to ride her quietly and am happy if we just have no issues.
Help, any suggestions?