I am having a very frusterating time with my horse.
I have been riding her for a little under a year. I have been having absolutely no problem at all with her until now.
I have just moved to a new barn. My horse really likes it there and she's been really good with me. She hates when I tighten up my reins and don't let her go until I say so. She hasn't really been having a problem with that except that she justs gets a little ticked off.
Well I think it was atleast two weeks ago and I tightened up the reins. I told her to wait and then when I told her to go she bucked. She has NEVER bucked with me on her back before. I thought that maybe it was because I was tightening up the reins. So the next day when I rode her I told her to canter then tightened up the reins but she still bucked. My coach thought that it was the saddle because I had just bought a new one. So I switched back to my old one and she bucked more!
I decided that I would lunge her because maybe it wasn't only when I was on her back. When I lunged her she was perfectly fine but then I got on her afterward and she did the same thing!
When I keep her head up and ask her to canter she wouldn't buck but that looks really ugly in the show ring and I have to use side reins now. Also, when I trot her and then canter her she doesn't buck. It's only from walk to canter...
There's also something else that has been really bothering me. My horse used to follow me everywhere. When I got off her back and walked away she would just follow me around the ring and back to the barn. Today when I got off her back she didn't follow me. She just went straight for the gate. I just don't think she likes me anymore and I don't know what I'm doing wrong!! Can anyone give me some answers. Please! I'm begging.
PS. Here are some things that have changed with her.
- new saddle, girth, and bridle (but I don't think that's the problem)
- she has gotten front shoes on
- she's very testy around her tummy near her back legs (she'll kick out whenever you touch there)
- it's the beginning of spring