Heres the story, Iv been ask to get a friends horse back into shape after about a year out in the field (17H mare), the problem is shes an absolute nightmare! She will take of in a bucking gallop fenzy, rear straight up in the air, try and draw blood if she gets the chance to bite you and seems to take pleasure in kicking people and other horses. The sad thing is the horse is stunning looking and was bred to jump, we lose jumped her when she was bought and was unreal, could have jumped anything you put in front of her. I could handle the bucking its the rearing that scares the hell out of me purely because she could fall back. Shes been with several different trainers and has left them all baffled because theres appears to be no reason for her to do it other then just been an oul bitch. She has her teeth checked reguraly by an equine dentist, has been with a physio several times getting all sorts of tests..all clear. Physio actually said she was in great shape. The vet checked her ears,eyes,nose.. you name it, it was looked at! and he done some blood tests just to see if there was anything abnormal going on inside. Shes been to a farrier and got hot shawd just to be certain her shoes were a perfect fit, and a saddle was made just for her so that it was the right fit for her, and has been tryed in every type of bit we could think of.We have her in a happy mouth cheek piece saffle at the min. I dont think iv left anything out. Bascially am at my wits end, I dont know what to do with her. Since coming back in from the field I tryed re breaking her very very gently, taking an extra few weeks just to make sure nothing was rushed. (I think she was very badly broke when my friend got her) I know some of you are maybe going to be thinking its just how she was rode but I really dont think its that, my friend and I would both me very "gentle" but still firm riders, we wouldnt let a horse take the p in other words, but always remembering to reward when its needed, we both have years of experience in jumping and flatwork, we both used to be riding instructors, neither of us would use a whip/spurs unless needed, and wouldnt right in a "over the top" bit and leave a horse with a sore/hsrd mouth, She was also left with some of the trainers i mentioned for a few weeks each, and these men would be some of the top riders in Ireland, so they really do know what there doing and they couldnt cure her...
Bascially I just want to know has anyone else had these kind of horsey problems and have managed to tame the beast?? the mare was left out to "chill" for a year hoping she would settle, but shes just as bad.. please someone help, any advice/tips on how you would deal with this naughty mare will be greatly appreciated!!
Last edited by Derry girl; 01-09-2012 at 11:27 AM.