So I was originally planning on "buying a horse that was right for me". I did read through lots of information etc. Basically I wanted as bombproof as possible and just liked to walk ha. So we could have nice calm trail rides. But I ended up caring for 12 year old quarter horse who was left at my friends house. The owner hasn't returned for months. She is being well cared for of course :). I don't have a ton of riding experience in any particular area. I have only ridden western. But I owned a horse as a few years back (she was too hot for me - not a fit. She needed a much more experienced rider. But didn't realize it until after I purchased her) and was a stall cleaner for a couple years. I'd probably be classified as an advanced beginner or so.
I don't have much background info on her other than she has had training, broke to ride etc. Usually ridden english and does okay on trails. She is a bit spooky.
I have ridden her bareback a few times and she seems to be doing okay. We had one very successful ride. Where I actually felt like she listened to me and we connected. She tends to be buddy sour? I usually ride with a friend for safety purposes and she will constantly try to go over to the other horse follow what they are doing. If they are trotting she thinks she needs to trot (and since we are bareback, I have back trouble, and it's been a while its just not happening right now). It's always a fight to get her to stop. She has a twisted snaffle bit which her old owner used to ride her with. Whenever I get on her she constantly dances around side to side and tries to go immediately. If I didn't tell her no I am fairly certain she would run off with me. She is completely fine is some one else holds her still and then leads her around for a few feet.
The last time we rode was a very negative experience. She seemed irritated when I first got on. I did have some one lead her around for a min. Then she spent the entire time just not listening to commands (did not want to stop, walk etc). She ended up trying to canter and wouldn't listen when I asked her to stop and I lost my balance and had to hop off. I got back on a few minutes later (didn't want her to win) and she was fine for a minute. But still did her annoying dancing thing. Then saw the other horse moving and she tried to trot/canter/run off again. So I decided to get off, just because I can't afford a fall. I did some stuff on the ground with her to end the day. Walking over obstacles, in circles, backing up etc. She is very good on the ground. However, I have been able to get her to lunge.
I have been told that when they don't want to stop to bring their nose close to your foot and turn them in a circle. However, I don't know if this is appropriate in the beginning of the ride and if that is the action I should have taken when she tried to run off.
We usually ride in a pasture.