Well, good at least I'm not the only one! The woman who I saw get on him, was not his owner but had ridden him once or twice before. She stayed while I tried the second time getting on him to see how it went. When he started his act, even she tried to get up behind him a little and 'push' him on by growling 'geeeet!' and such, but he absolutely refused. As she said, I'm not there to train I'm there to have fun and ride so she said not to worry about riding him again...although part of me is just irritated enough to want to work with him more!
I was thinking about it last night though. My first and only horse that I owned was like that. The woman I bought her from bought her from the auction as a 'project horse' with her neighbor. Then the neighbor wouldn't help out so she just wanted to get rid of the horse. She had a few people come out and 'try' her and she tried to buck all of them off, refused to move. I basically bought her without trying her or anything, just looked at her and said "Yeah, I want my own horse!" I started riding her in the round pen and she did great, just wouldn't canter. Bounciest fastest **** trot you would ever ride, but no canter. Then I started riding her around the property, inside the pastures and such. When she started to act like she was going to refuse, I'd give her a minute to 'think about it' and then ask again and I never had any problem of her trying to buck me off. So, I GET it...it's just never been ME before, always someone else!!!
There was a very pretty paint mare that came to the barn. The woman who owns the place didn't WANT the mare there because she doesn't 'like' mares, too difficult to work with...but I have always liked mares. So I watched her a couple times get on this mare in the arena and the mare would swish her tail madly, toss her head, act like she was going to buck. Now, this woman is an accomplished rider and trainer, so that's the only reason I kept my mouth shut...but I really wanted to ask her to let me try her. Thinking that maybe she would be good for ME because I like mares! She sold her for CHEAP just because she wanted her gone and didn't have the time to put into training her. Oh well, I should speak up sooner I guess!