Well I've owned Nate(my 4yrs TB Gelding) since April 2006. He's an OTTB but I've never had control issues with him. When he was 3yrs he was on-and-off sore constantly. He kept getting absesses which hinder my riding time. Now, as a 4yrs, he isnt too bad for sorness. We use OldMacs boots on his front feet when he's being worked.
Now for the problem. He has always had problems getting his right lead, which to my understanding, is typically of OTTB's. After many lessons, and many tricks, we finally got him to pick of his right lead. For a while he's was picking it up with no problem.
Then one day he went off bucking when asked to pick up his right lead. I have to admit, I was very, very shaken, I've been in a very bad accident with a bucking horse and flashes of that memory flooded my thoughts. Although this was the first time, so I never really let it get to me. Then I tried again in the same session, he was on his right lead, switched to his left, bolted, I began to turn him, he swtiched to his right, and began to buck.
Long story short, I am now terrified to canter him. It scared me about how much I let this horse get to me. I use to be fearless when it came to riding horses in a sense, but now I can't get the thought of a neck breaking crash out of my head.
My intstuctor has tried to talk me through it, but seeing as she is 4 1/2 months pregnant, riding him herself is out of the question. I've lunged him on the right lead, and he is fine. I've cantered him on the left lead, and he is generally ok, its just the right lead.
Now to be honest he was normally sore on his right front when the absesses came and went. So the first thought was that he was anticipating the pain. But he was fine before, this behaviour just began to happen at random.
Now I've been told, in general, horses have either a good or bad year as a 3yrs and 4 yrs. He was a gentleman as a 3yrs so could this 4yrs old year be his "bad one"?
He is honestly my dream horse, I love him to death. I know he has the potential to do alot of things just I feel like im hindering him. I honestly don't know why he's bucking, is it just him being a jerk? He has a properly fitted saddle, and I watch his soundness like a hawk. I can't seem to figure out why he is behaving this way. I've had a friend offer to ride him, but she's in University and always very very busy. The option of a trainer has come into play for a decent price but as my parent have said to me, only as a last resort.
I feel, personally, that I can tackle this issue by myself. But I feel like I need a bomb proof plan if you know what I mean? Any tips?Suggestions?Walkthroughs?Personal Experiences? That can help me?