Ring Sour Horse
I appologize for the novel in advance. I have been riding a horse for a woman for about a three months now, she consciously did not bring him to a trainer and knows that I am an amateur. When I first started riding him he had been off for a year and was a bit hard to get to work, especially when he didn't want to do something or asked to do something new. I attributed it to the fact that he had been out of work and he is a 6 year old who has had inconsistant training, and the only place she has for me to ride is his turnout. Anyway, he still had minor fits when after a month or so when he thought he should be done, I would work him through it and his owner admitted that he scared her and she would just get off when he did it and she was glad I would work him through it. We have recently begun jumping him again and he is fin going to the jumps, in between courses he has rearing and bucking fits and on the flat still. Most recently I was cantering around the corner to the next fence and he planted his feet, stood up and spun, I made him continue on and keep going until he worked quietly. I have checked him for soreness, he is fine, I checked his teeth, and he just got his feet done. I am not sure if this will ever go away? Any advice on how to work with a ring sour horse? Anytime anything changes or he feels he should be done he throws a little tantrum and they are getting worse. Any helpful hints would be great, sorry for the novel!