I just bought a 10 year old reg. Appaloosa mare. 15 hands, bay roan.. gorgeous horse.. at least I think so.
The owners were reducing their herd, and had several horses for sale. I was looking for another trail horse, nothing special, but still a nice well broke trail horse. The owners told me she was shown in 4-H walk, trot, & halter classes as well as trail rode at Salt Fork St. Park, and around AEP trails. They said she was rode a lot up until a year and a half ago the one owner had heart surgery and was not able to ride. They had just recently started pulling her out again to ride. They told me she had been doing great, was like she never had time off. They sent me 10+ pictures of her being ground worked and ridden. Some pictures were of a 10 year old boy riding her. I decided to go take a look at her..
I noticed of the bat that she had EXCELLANT ground manners.. respected my space... was an angel on the ground. I clipped her, picked up feet, used fly spray, did ground work with her.. she did great. I saddled her up and rode her. She tried testing me a couple times on trotting when I didnt ask, but was fine when I corrected her. She had a lot of energy, but again, she acted great. I rode her in the round pen then took her out around their property . They had tons of horses, loose goats, dogs, kids, 4 wheelers, so there was a lot going on and she didn;t seem bothered by any of it.. interested, but not bothered.
So I purchased her and brought her home the next day. The next day I got her out and since she was acting calm and everything I decided to saddle her up. I did a little bit of ground work with her first, saddled her up, and instantly noticed a change. She wanted me off.. she didnt throw me, but I didnt really push the issue. She wanted to take off, or stop and jigg and hop, or just back in a circle.
My first thoughts were the saddle. They rode her in western, and so am I. I have a tex tan barrel saddle, my husbands saddle is western roping saddle. I tried both of them. Tried different pads, tried a newer wrangler pad, tried some older broke in ones.. So then I tried different cinches, I tried wool, neoprine (sp?), etc. None made a difference. So then I moved on to the bit... They told me she was usually rode in a snaffle, which is what I use and was what I test rode her in. But I tried riding her without the bit all together and that didnt help either. So im at a loss.. I couldnt get her to do anything. My husband couldn't even lead her around with me on her back. Once I was off her she was fine..
So Im at a loss, any suggestions?