Just Another Journal
I am a 17 year old girl, soon to be 18 and I just bought my first horse in July, which I am finding out is not the horse I thought she was, the story is below and I hope to add to this blog about once a week.
I am at my wits ends. In July I bought my first horse. A six year old Spotted Walker who I liked to ride at the place I work. (Which is a riding stables where you can go on guided trail rides. However after I got her home she is not like she was up there. For the first month I blamed it on being in a new place with a herd of two horses, she came from a herd of more than 17. At the place I work she was a little lazy and moody. But my boss and I thought that she would make a better pet than a work horse. I just really wanted her so I can do some light riding, nothing serious. The first time I rode her we did okay, we went to the creek and back. Maybe two minutes away from the field. But after that she started bucking. Not like a huge buck, but a buck that unseated me. So the next time I went out I took a crop. She bucked and I hit her with the crop and she reared and took off. I didn't want to think she had won so I lead her down the road. Saddle and all. The third time I rode her we took the other two horses. She was a little hyped up, but not to bad, that was until we got back into the field. As I was riding her into the field she took off. I held on until she bucked than I was on the ground. Once she had me off she stopped and looked at me with a look that said "Whata doing down there?" So my cousin came over. (She is much more confident than I am while riding.) And she took her out and she was fine. Than the weather got bad and I got sick so I didn't get to ride her after that.
She has bites a lot more than she used to. She bit my grandmother and left a huge bruise on her arm. If she hadn't had a heavy coat I am pretty sure her arm would have been broken. A couple weeks later she bit my aunt, also leaving a bruise. Than a week ago I want to brush her and she tried to kick me many times. (I hit her with the brush) She let me brush her after that and than she bit my finger. If I hadn't jerked my hand back I probably wouldn't have a thumb. lol. Oh and if you lunged her she will kinda come at you. I am now afraid of her and I think she knows it. I try not to be when I am around her.
I just wish she was the way I thought she was at the stable. And I hate the thought of selling her because I feel like a failure for not being able to handle her.I have tried talking to the people I got her from and I think they think it is my fault she is acting like this, some of it probably is, but she is my first horse and I am only 17. I'm trying my best to not let her get away with things. I am thinking about getting her retrained in the spring, but once you are afraid of a horse can you become unafraid of the horse?
Sorry if I got long winded and if you stayed with me though all this thanks for reading!