09-15-2010, 12:02 AM
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She has carried dead weight in the saddle (jeans filled with sand) for miles. She is not sensitive to flapping the stirrups, hitting the saddle, etc. She loves people. When I was trying to mount, because she refused to stand still, I tried to pull her nose to her side to keep her from stepping off. Eventually this just led to relentless circles, and the horse got very frustrated (even when I let her head go). What's strange is she would nudge me away with the bridge of her nose and open her mouth and reach for me, but never bite me. It was just like "Please, please don't... I don't want you up there, you might get hurt." It was kind of sweet, yet very frustrating... vet has checked her. She isn't sore. She has done the prerequisites for riding and passed beautifully - the next step is a rider, that's it!
Her first ride was a green-ish rider (rides for pleasure, can hang on but not really what you'd call "experienced"). Since she'd done her groundwork so well she didn't seem like a horse you needed to worry about on a first ride. He rode her just fine but accidentally goosed her side (kicked her a little too hard on accident) and she got scared and took off bucking. Each subsequent fall since has led to her just refusing to let anyone on. I think the rider falling off scares her... understandably...