Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr
i think its a couple of things 1. I havnt really ridden in a while so im a little nervous but not too much. 2. On the lunge line she bucks and rears at the canter but she doesn't do it under saddle 3. She's spunky due to not being worked with in a good while (1 yr) 4. She's barn sour and herd bound 5. I don't know what she's capeable of doing really since I've seen her bucking and rearing on the lunge I think to myself "what is she going to kick me next??" 6. She's about 15.3 hh even though that's not tall since I've ridden bigger horses, but when she acts up she seems 18hh its pretty scary 7. Im usually by myself at the barn so when she acts up she usually gets away with it because I don't know how to properly discipline her, like when I took her in the barn yesterday to brush her there were no horses near her so she FREAKED she started paseing fast in the stall and I thought she was going to trample me. I know she needs refreshening on alot of things.
1) work with a lesson horse or with a horse that you trust to ride. Work on techniques and how to control a horse properly that way you will feel better prepared to handle your TB.
2) my horse does that also sometimes...he's just releasing energy...he doesn't do it in the saddle, and he knows not to. If she bucks or rears while lunging yell at her, but keep her going. Don't stop her, then it will make her "well if I buck or rear while cantering I'll get out of work" and she might try it under saddle.
3) Lunge her...lunge her for a long time until she's either sweaty or breathing REALLY heavy. Get her tired before you ride her, and just work with her with a walk and trot.
4) I've ridden barn sour and herd sour horses before...main thing is to let them know that it's NOT allowed. If they try to go back to the field or go with another horse, put all the reins in one hand, reach done and grab one of the side of the reins. Pull it and make her do a circle. Keep doing it until she listens.
5) Don't expect the worst. That's the worst thing you can do. Instead of thinking "is she going to kick me?" think "I wonder if I'll be able to trot with her". Think positive. I know i'm totally optimistic about everything (or most things), but it does help
6) Any horse whether 13.2 or 19.3 can hurt you. YOU've got to be the dominate one. Let her know that you are NOT going to approve of her behavior. Correct her IMMEDIATELY. She isn't going to hurt you without a reason...and she's acting up for a reason...whether in pain, frightened, or lots of energy. Just let her know that you don't approve of bucking or rearing.
7) What does she usually do that you let her get away with? Worst thing to do is let her get away with things. It teachs her that your okay with whatever she's doing.
Sounds to me like you aren't really ready for her. If you want to keep her, have a trainer or experienced friend work with her...you watch and see what they are doing. I highly recommend starting lessons again. It will help tremediously.
How experienced are you with riding?