About two months ago, my husband and I bought two quarter horses. A mare and a gelding. We were told the mare was used for cattle/barrel racing and the gelding was used for pleasure riding. Little did we know - the horses hadn't been ridden in two years and have had little human contact. So, we find ourselves starting from scratch and finding out new things weekly about these two beautiful horses.
Lacy, the chestnut mare, is very friendly but has a bad attitude problem when it comes to any type of tack. She will approach me when I have treats or when I pet her, but as soon as she sees a halter or lead rope she rears, bucks and BOOKS IT to the fields. So, we have discovered leading her into her stall is our best option to getting her halter on, which is a WHOLE different ballgame. On a good day, it takes about 10-15 minutes. On a bad day it could take up to 30-45. Don't even get me started on the saddle pad and saddle...She turns her back in her stall and will kick, kick, kick. Or, turn in circles around you.
As for Skip, the palomino gelding, he is just as friendly, but a little more lenient. He'll let me put the halter on him, let me groom him and saddle him. I've rode him once but he reared, so I hopped off and I havent been on him since. I've been working on his ground manners. He is VERY attached to his sister and tends to "freak out" when he is away from her in his stall. She does the same thing, too.
I don't want to let Lacy win with her attitude game, but I don't want to get hurt either. Can anyone give me some ideas? Thanks.