Ok first off I want to say that as a child I grew up around horses and rode every once in a while but I have been around horses in over 10 years and consider myself a beginner in horses. Even though I know what should be done in many scenarios I don't trust myself to do them in a high anxiety situation. My husband went riding in the mountains once and decided he loved it and bought a horse. He was extremely lucky because he had no horse experience and bought a horse that was ridden twice and hadn't been used in years , but this horse has been great. He's kind of lazy and listens really well. So then comes the time for me to buy a horse. I searched and searched and finally found one that would be perfect( so I thought). Since we have kids I wanted a kids horse and a beginners horse. I wanted it well trained so I could ride right away. Anyway I wound up buying a 14 year old saddlebred ex showhorse that was also used for lessons and shown by a child. Right now we have to keep our horses at a friends place for a few months so I can't go there daily since I have a 1 month old and 20 month old. He was really nervous when we brought him there a week ago but is ok now. Although when we tie him in the barn he kicks up dirt and gets really nervous still. We have saddled him up to ride him twice. He's almost impossible to catch ( although he never was with previous owners.) he refuses to go in the corral unless we put oats in there and walk away then close the gate real quick. Once in there you can walk up to him, pet him, hug him and put the halter on no issues. We have to saddle him outside because he goes nuts in the barn. As soon as we put the saddle blanket on him he starts throwing his head and chewing at the lead. Then stops once the saddle is on. Then he won't accept the bit. Previous owner said they used a smooth twisted snaffle which the tack shop never heard of and the twisted looked too harsh so I tried a smooth snaffle which I thought she meant but he hated it so I bough a different kind which he refuses but once you get it in there he isn't as bad with it. Funny thing is all weird behavior stops when in the saddle. My husband can ride him around no issue but has to keep squeezing to keep him moving. When I get on he walks but only to a certain spot then turns left he seems to constantly veer left. But when he stops he automatically parks but refuses to move unless I change direction. I don't know how to make him keep going. No matter how many clucks or squeezes or kicks I give he doesnt move or he turns left. My husband told me to keep the reins slack but being a show horse I am sure he was never used to slack reins and when I loosen them that's when he goes left. I am at a loss I also cannot get him to trot at all let alone canter. Any ideas?
Sorry it's so long but I felt the detail was important. Also my smartphone thinks it knows better than me so excuse any errors
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