Hi, started riding Tennesee Walkers with friends at field trials several years ago. Got hooked. Bought Spot a year ago. Spot is a 16 yr old, that was supposedly taught bad habits and bullied previous owners. He was used as a "spotting horse" by bird dog trainer, which basically means that he got rode and worked hard the 2 years my friend owned him.
I brought him home and rode him all over the township. Not sure if it's what he likes, or just what he's used to, but he always wants to GO!
I can put a kid on him and he walks around gentle as can be.
He also does alot of head shaking.
Last spring when I got him I think I overdid it a bit the first week. The 7th day he locked up on me, and did this several more times last summer.
When he would do this he would be very wound up, muscles quivering.
I realize maybe not the best choice of first horse(as my champion barrel racing girlfriend repeatedly points out), but I'm sure I have learned more than I would have on a dead head, and realize I haven't even begun as far as all I need to learn!!
So, that's why I am here, and open to suggestions and advice.
I listened to an endurance riding lecture at the Hoosier Horse Expo last weekend, and am wondering if this is a good direction for Spot and I.