Join Date: May 2007
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
I had a similar case just yesterday with my yougster. She's green so I forgave her, but she'd decided that she couldn't canter. I'd get 3-4 strides and she'd start to jack up, then jerk to a stop and I could feel her front end wanting to lift, she never reared, but if she'd been that way inclined (she's more of a bucker than rearer) I know she would have. For her it was frustration/nerves, her little buddy was playing looney pony in the paddock and getting Faith all upset to the point where she couldn't concentrate, there was just too much going on.
I'd say your girl was just uncertain about the whole bareback thing and seem as how she's been fine under saddle, perhaps she has a very sensitive back.