A friend of mine cornered me the other day, wanted to know if I want a free horse...... OK, so I started to ask.
It's his uncles horse - a mare. Unkown age, but "not too old", assuming 3-6. Unkown breed. Reason for sale - horse bucks everyone off, has caused a broken ankle, a concusion, and numewrous bumps and scrapes.
Now my buddy has attempeted to ride her, so I inquired some more....
The horse has no problem taking a bit (kind??), doesn't mind it. Has no prblem with a saddle or having it tightened down. Has no problem with people being around, doesn't mind you walking behind her. Does NOT mind a rider - if she is being led around - will walk on a lead for "a good while with no problems". If the lead is removed, she does fine. She will respond to the bit with no problems, she will ride no problems - for a while. With no inputs (pressure from legs, heels, bit) she will start to "jog and hop" and then buck her rider off, as if she's tired of the rider.
Prior training is unkown, yada yada - basicly you know as much as I do right now.
WELL, mindless to say - I'm not accepting anymore free horses.... :roll: but seriously, the owner wants to send her off to slaughter. (See how I always walk into these!) Well, I comprimised with him, I told him that I would come over to see if I can assist in anyway before he does anything rash.
Here's my thoughts, I want to spend some time with ground work on this animal, and see what she knows / doesn't know. I want to also put her on a lunge - and work work work for a few days. Then, put her on a lunge with just a saddle on and bit in her mouth and work work work for a few days.
OK - at this point I would like input, after phase 2, I would like to saddle her up and put a weight on her (sandbag??) to simulate a rider, without endangering a human again. Then, work work work. This will also tell me if the weight oif the rider is causing her pain (indicating another problem(s)) OR if the past riders are doing something wrong. I am unsure if this is a horse health problem, or training, or operator error, ect. In any case, by gradualy adding different factors (bit, saddle, "rider") I may be able to determine where the problem lies.
Are we on the right track?
OK, I'll take ALL the input I can!!!