Two and a half year old filly...Rearing! Kicking? Can I ride her yet?
I just bought a filly, she'll be three in July. I need to get a picture of her on here! She is adorable - black AQHA with two little socks in the back and a big star. I call her Nicky. Nicky is very different then any other horse I have ever had, or even dealt with, really. For one, she is very young and not saddle broke. For two, she is like.. ubber calm and seems quite innocent. Nicky is bred to be a pleasure horse, and I have been training/riding a very energetic, bred to work and run gaming/drill horse! I like the horses that like to go, that enjoy and see a point in being exercised. My old mare thought that work was fun, but Nicky would rather stand and look pretty all day or walk very slow. I understand that she doesn't want to work very hard - I have accepted that she wont be like my old mare, and I am kind of excited to try reining with her, but the last couple of days, her true colors have started to shine through!!
I have a few questions... So, first, she is about 14.2 hands at the withers but is still a few inches higher in the back. She is growing, for sure, but I wanted some opinions on when I should start riding her? I have jumped on her and walked her around for five minutes and she did fine, she has been saddles and on trails and knows the basics but I don't want to hurt her. She seems like she is growing slowly, but I did ask someone and they said that although she will even out a little, she will never be completely evened out. Sad! But who knows! Do you think riding her very lightly before she is three would be a big issue?
Secondly, when I am lunging Nicky, and I ask her to canter on the left lead, she sometimes will just kick out .. but towards me. It is not just a buck, I feel disrespect. It happens the same way every time, when I ask her to canter, and being that she is lazy and would prefer not to, she thinks its okay to kick out at me! I don't let her get away with it, I have been stopping her and making her back up with a loud firm voice and then asking her again and again until she doesnt kick. Is that what I should be doing?
Thirdly.. and MOST importantly, Nicky reared up and FLIPPED OVER last night!! When I ask her to back up or pivot or get into her face or something, basically back to her laziness, she has just barely hopped up maybe two inches before and but never reared up completely. Then all of the sudden last night, I can't even remember exactly what happened, but there was NO reason for her to rear up or even be scared, or else I would have remembered the situation better, but she reared ALL the way up, and fell straight on her back. It was the weirdest thing ever! You know when horses rear up, they usually like swing their legs around and atleast try to keep there balance? Nope, not her, it looked like someone just lifted her up and pushed her over. No resisting, no attempt to stay up or come back on all fours, she just flipped right over. I was like in shock. And sooo angry. I tried not to take it out on her, but I did react fast. After she got up, I made her run, run run on the lunge line, switch directions and the back back back up. She got the idea that it was a bad thing, for sure.
I got home and I was just thinking that she must have some guts!!! She looks and acts to innocent and then will just flip out randomly. I remember a lady was training a horse like that, it was like she had two personalities. It is very scary. I need to figure out how to make her know it is NOT okay because when I start riding her, I don't want her to randomly do that again. Please help me!!
Brittany and Nicky.