I have a problem, which isn't getting any better nor any worse, but never the less its a problem.
Petra, my new or newish girl now, has the sweetest temperament (normally) and I love riding her. However the past few weeks we've stepped up the pace and we've been working hard in the school and one day a week jumping, as now the weather is improving I'm wanting to take her out to some local events and have some fun.
Ok, or so you would think. Before anyone says its pain related or poor fitting tack, I can assure you it isn't, she's had full vet check, back man out and some light physio, as she is a little weaker in her left shoulder, but its improving with every day. And I've had the saddler out last saturday just to check it wasn't my saddle, oh and she had her teeth done a week last tuesday. Think I covered everything?!?
Anyway my problem is, whenin the school, she's developed a habit. Or atleast that's what I'm going to call it for now. When she's warmed up and I ask for contact and put my leg on, she'll go for say 5 to 10 strides, then she freezes and wont budge. She dances a bit on the spot and then its 'way hay' lets leap forward and take off. One of my trainers says she is bad tempered, but the other one says its more like she's had a good beating at some point as she has the look of fear in her. I need to add, that I don't think its the actual contact, it seems to be the more I use my leg.. If that makes sense?
:( Does anyone have any suggestions? My trainer who says she's bad tempered has fallen out with me because I refuse to sell her. He says I'm stubborn and at 33yrs old I should know better. He also said I'm a horse snob because she's pretty. Strange man! :roll:
Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.