My wife and I have been hunting for horses for awhile and found 2 we really liked. They arrived last week and settled right in. We had been looking for mellow and pretty much got that. Since they were doing so well my wife rode both Friday. Saturday we saddled them up for a ride together and Sunday we went on a trail ride with the neighbors and my horse, Lance behaved very well - while riding. My wife might turn up here with questions about 'Indy the Flying Mare'.
I got my horse, Lance, as a husband horse. He's a sturdy 17 year old quarterhorse gelding. 15.3H and very calm but happy to work. His one big fault is irritating. He moves when being mounted. He tends to back up. A neighbor suggested letting him back into a fence to stop that. We dismounted at one point to lead them through a small ravine. He went into his routine and there was a smoothwire fence there so I tried that. Big mistake. Once he backed into the fence he started dancing back and forth sideways and then decided he'd go forward. A dancing horse is not much fun and he stepped on my foot. Once I'm up he stops and he's perfect with dismounting.
He is a joy to ride, easy to direct and totally sure footed. He also gets along well with other horses but really preferred staying next to his pasturemate.
At one point on my first ride he completely balked but I can't fault him too much. We were going down a dirt road and at one point it went over a creek. Mountain lions and bears sometime take that route and its thick with deer, raccoons and skunks. Once he took a deep breath he wouldn't ride over it but he let himself be led over so he's workable.
Any suggestions about how to get a horse to stay still?