Tips on calming down a spirited horse????
Dear fellow horsemen and women,
I just got a new horse last weekend and she is soooo sweet and calm on the ground but she is just a little to get up and go when you get on. Piper is a beautiful red chestnut racking horse mare and an extremely smooth ride..... once she calms down.She is the perfect horse for my experience level and I can handle her just fine but I want my friends and family to be able to ride her too. She has not offered to buck or rear with anyone but the problem is, she does not stand still when I go to get on her and when I do get on her, I have to hold her back and turn her around in circles 10 or so times before she finally calms down. It is not her fault though, the person who used to ride her obviously did not take the time to do ground work with her. I was told that this person would just go out, put the saddle on and go and that was it. I was also told, that this person trained her to just take off before he even got seated in the saddle which ok, I can see that being useful for like a rodeo event or something but not for just everyday riding. That would explain why she does not stand still while mounting. I take the time to groom my horses and maybe lunge them around for a minute or two before I get on and she obviously did not get that since her tail is horribly matted and when I tried to lunge her, she did not seem to know what was going on. Anyway, she is the perfect horse besides that and once she calms down, she is sooooo much fun to ride. I am pretty confident that these minor problems can be fixed with some time and patience but I was just hoping maybe someone could give me a couple tips that I may not know about. I do not have access to a round pen or arena, just a small fenced in area around the barn. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.