Join Date: May 2013
Location: Southwestern Idaho
Re-training a 9 year old?
So I bought my first horse a while ago and well she is quite spooky and crazy. She definitely has been trained, but it was about 5 or 6 years ago. She doesn't mind plastic or ropes, but any time a whip is used, not even at her, (but when other people are using them), or clippers are turned on, she goes manic. Not kidding. I've gone through 4 different lead ropes already, and just bought a different one today that I hope will work better. She will walk and trot while im riding her, but will not switch into a canter. When I am lunging her she will canter beautifully. She turns fine too. I have to admit that I am scared of her, and it's really hard for me to get on her without feeling like I'm going to throw up from anxiety. She tried to buck me off on saturday, and I havent been on again. I have been lunging her for the past two days, and she has gotten a lot of her bucks out so I think when I ride tomorrow it will be better. *knock on wood*
I'm not sure what to do to build up trust or to gain confidence. I have been lunging and doing ground work and she is fine on the ground, but is harder to work with undersaddle.
Does anyone have any tips for me? Agh. I'm just really anxious.