Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
A part of being a good horseperson is knowing when you're in too deep.
I know where you're at, animallove. My mare Baby was a beautiful horse and had spectacular ground manners, but in the saddle she was dangerous, for me at least. It was a hard decision but I parted ways with her, selling her on to someone who had the experience to handle her.
You have the chance to admit defeat before you get hurt. I didn't get that chance; I was hurt on the first ride after I bought her.
If you do decide to persist though, I wish you the best and offer this bit of advice - Keep a lunge whip or something of the type on hand. Carry it in your left hand, the tip hanging behind you. As soon as the mare shows signs of aggression, give her a sharp tap on the rump, but beware of her reactions. She needs to learn to respect you. By using a whip rather than your hand, she will learn that you can dish out discipline, but won't have any reason to be afraid of your hands.