mare with bad attitude update
Thank you all for your replies. Sedona is only half arabian, but should I not try riding her for six months? Just ground work?
I did work with her some yesterday. It was a rough start, but all in all much much better than I'd expected. I started out by rubbing her. She was very touchy about being touched by what I guess you could call her arm pit. I did get her to allow me to pick up both front feet. I didn't want to try her back ones though. Especially with her tendency to kick. I've had plenty of bad experiences doing that with her (I actually got a black eye from doing it once). I then tried lunging her and surprisingly she did very well. She knows how to do it, but often refuses to and starts to rear and crowd me. She did rear some yesterday, but only a little she eventually gave in. Had some difficulty getting her to go to the right I think it was, but did get her to do it (it's not a physical problem just a mentality she has).
To answer the question about the bit. I've always used a simple snaffle bit. She has not had her teeth done recently (I'm not sure if she's ever had them done, she was only two when I got her and I've had her for a year and a half). Her teeth don't seem to bother her, but then again she does eat slower than the other horses do, but I always thought that it's just the way she is. How often should her teeth be done and do they necessarily need to be? Are there any reasons or conditions that she wouldn't need them done? She never seems to mind it at all when I put the bridle on, in fact she does a lot better than Kiah (one of my other mares).
I'm going to see if she does better by taking her off the grain and working with her 1-2 days a week (I have college and other horses that need trained as well).
When we got her in '09 she'd only been ridden once (I don't know how that went). My dad tried riding her a couple of weeks after we got her, and he was on the ground in about three seconds (no exaggeration). He's ridden her many times since then, but has never really made any progress. I mean he can stay on her, but she is far from saddle broke. She walks backwards way more than she does forwards. I'm not sure if she'd do this anymore, but when my dad and I would go out for a ride she did okay on the trails, but when we got in a field she would run circles around Kiah (the horse I ride) and she would intermittently kick (which happened to hit me once in the shin, I was surprised that it didn't break. I still have small dent in my leg from her hoof). I've only ridden her once and that was in her fence for maybe five minutes (probably not even that long) she did fine, but I too scared to ride her any longer, because I knew what she was normally like with my dad.
How much hay do you think she should eat a day? We don't have a pasture available for them. We sometimes use a neighbor's field, but we have to wait until after the first cutting this year. I think she weighs about 880 pounds. I used a method I found online to estimate her weight.
Which was heart girth x heart girth x length + 50 / 330 = approx. weight. I also divided it by 326 (a heavier possibility) instead of 330. So I had two possible weights and just took the middle of the two as her weight. If that makes sense.
I'm sorry if I'm rambling or forgot to answer any questions.
And in case anybody's wondering since I keep mentioning my dad, I'm 18 and will be 19 in September.