Training Bottle Baby horses. [Selena Rant]
So early this fall we bought a little reining mare named Selena. Selena is five years old now, has won close to $1,000 when only showed twice. Fantastic, we ride her at their place she was a sweetheart. And she continued to be a sweetheart during the "Honey moon" phase.
Well now, she's turning into a spoiled brat. She's always shown signs of resistance (We have worked through problems like that before) but eventually we found she kept getting pissy everytime there was a spur touching her, or a crop, or a whip. Any form of discipline she would freak.
During our reining pattern at the first show I took her to, she was bucking on the rundown, rearing into her spins, REFUSING to slide and just grabbing the bit and transitioning down to a halt when we were running down to the gate (She slid when we were running away from the gate)
Now, we have already checked her for pain. But she's always been very disrespectful, in your lap, lovey-dovey, play with you, etc. When she is at the trainers she is okay, but if she gets too much time off she reverts back to her she-devil nature.
The thing is, its unpredictable. Sometimes she is doing great, sometimes she turns into a saddle bronc. And disciplining her just makes it worse, but not doing anything makes her think she's getting away with it. She's been babied her whole life (She was a bottle baby, as the title says) and has never really had anyone getting after her for the bad behavior.
I just need help....We were making progress when we sent her to training, but we got her home and the first time I put the saddle on her back and climbed aboard she went nuts again. And I had ridden her while she was at the barn, and she had been an angel. I can't figure out if I'm doing something to set her off. The trainer says I'm not, but I'm wondering.
Please excuse any typos, my laptop is doing this wierd thing where it moves my text to differant places o.o Taking it to be looked at tomorrow.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.