I need LOTS of help! Many questions, very long!
So, I'm not sure whether to put this in training or tack, but here goes anyway. I bought my mare while she was preggers and she was pretty skinny so I only got around to riding her twice. When I went to see her for the first time she rode fairly well. (don't they always though?:roll:) I only had an issue with the fact that when she led she would constantly walk on my feet.(I have since fixed that) I get her home and I had bought the same type of bit that they had her in. All I know it by is 'argentine'. I'll post a pic of it down below. When I took her to ride she stood like a dream but as soon as I went to get my other foot in the stirrup she started to crow hop and bucked slightly. I had checked the fit of the saddle, it fit well. As soon as she realised that I wasn't getting off she STOPPED. She would not move for anything. I think these are just some little tricks she learned in how to keep from being ridden, as I know for a fact she was once very well trained. So I actually have a few questions. I have decided to just start from the ground up again(by me I mean me and my trainer friend), but could you tell me about the 'argentine' bit and if there would be one more suited to her since I noticed she likes to grab at the shanks? I tried her in a plain o ring snaffle and she just ignores that, she won't turn or stop if I put pressure on it. Someone suggested to me a slow twist snaffle. What sort of differances are there between the three? She is trained western so I don't know if she'd be more comfortable in a 'western' bit? OH! random thought! I noticed that the people I got her from were wearing dummy spurs? If that info is of any use? Ugh, this is all really frustrating! Sorry, I'm not able to be all that articulate at the moment. Ask any questions you feel are relevent, feel free to ask. Rip me apart if you must, I'll live. Please, any help is appreciated.
Proud owner of ~Mana: 6yo Arabian gelding~Pearl 13yo Arabian~Danzer 14yo Arabian mare~ Tiny mini filly