So I tacked up the TB like normal with the snaffle bit this morning. He is great on the ground and stands to be saddled and bridled with no issues. When we walked over to the trail head (I was with a small group I normally ride with) he stood fine to be mounted from a rock.
Then it all broke loose, he was rearing and backing...throwing his head and crow hopping and kicking his back legs. I use an aussie saddle on him and it fits him perfectly, so I know it isnt a saddle issue causing him discomfort. I basically jumped off of him and told the rest of the group to go ahead and go on the ride and I would take him up to the round pen and figure out what is going on with him.
So am now trying to lead him back across to the round pen and he wont stand or walk next to me, will only do circles around me.
SO the trainer comes by and wants to ride him so he doesnt think he can act up and I will just jump off, so the trainer jumps on and trots him up and down the hills until he is tired enough to handle. The trainer jumps off and he is a different horse, calm and responsive...head down...like it was not him who just threw a fit earlier. So anyway, I walked him back up to the barn and cooled him off and he was perfect. The trainer wants to work with him for the next couple weeks everyday after I get off work.
It was so disheartening having him behave like that, I don't want to have to lunge him until he is worn out just to be able to take him out on a ride. Hopefully these couple weeks will help both of out with the stable trainer.
I think I was also upset about it because when I bought him, his previous owner just went on and on about how good he was on trail. Him being new for me I am still afraid to find out the previously owner was lying about how he really is.
Sorry for the long post!! Needed to vent I suppose. Does anyone else have to wear the horse out just to ride it?? Tips?? Trying not to get discouraged, we are going back to basics on Monday!