I rescued this horse and began to feed her quite well to put some pounds on her. In the process I rode her about once a week for less than an hour, nothing too extremely strenuous. She had such a good nature, I would joke around with others who asked about her that she wouldn't ever think about bucking or running away with you because it seemed like it would be too much of a hassle for her. A few times I put a few of the neighbors on her because of her gentle nature. One was a 13 year old girl who had no horse experience, another a 19 year old girl with this being her first time on a horse. I really trusted the nature of this horse. About a month ago I had to leave to go away to school. I went up there for one last ride before I left. Jambers threw a fit! We had barely started out when she started doing a little crow hop and kicked twice. I checked the saddle and made sure everything fit correctly. We went out again and rode for another half an hour. She was acting a little antsy, after we climbed a really steep hill we stopped to rest and when I asked for her to go again she kicked and nearly hit the horse behind us. I let that horse lead out we went down through a ravine and after coming up the other side Jambers kicked twice again. I thought perhaps she just woke up on the wrong side of the barn. I left for school and wasn't able to return and ride her for a month. (she was ridden twice by some relatives, their response was "she acted like a fool" and "I would never ride her again")
I went up to ride her yesterday and as I entered our property I saw all of our horses running across a field. Behind them was Jambers, she caught up to them and kicked our horse (the one who had previously bit her) with both legs right in the ribs. I decided to do a little ground work on her. She has a real problem with crowding my space, she is the type of horse that is stubborn and says "I am not going to do that and you are not going to make me" now. After trying to do a few things, I went and saddled her up. This horse who used to stand still all day long and took more effort to get her to go than to ask her to stop, would not stand still to put a saddle on her. After the circus was over and I had the saddle on, we headed out and she immediately headed for the other horses. With just a slight tug on the reigns to turn she started to kick again. After she settled down I hopped off and lead her out into another field away from the horses. I was working with her on staying out of my space. After we had walked as far away from the other horses as possible I hopped on and after 30 feet or so she kicked again!
I was furious and confused! It seems as though after this horse has put some weight on she is a completely new horse. She has made a complete 180 degree turn, however it is in the wrong direction. I now am unsure what I want to do with her. I wish I had more time to spend with her but I am in college right now taking 20 credit hours and live 4 hours away from where she is being kept. Sorry for the long rant, I have just been looking forward to riding her since she has gained weight and now am extremely dissapointed. If you were me what would you suggest? Could she just be in heat?