just a bunch of questions
Hello, I rode for years when I was younger, was in pony club, and in my ten year lapse read frequently about horses, but apparently never thought to read anything that wasn't related to healthcare. I have a pony (13.2, 14 hands, haven't measured) paint/poa/quarter mix? She is thirteen, was sold at auction, bought by a kill lot, found by a mutual friend who tries to find the kill lot horses homes, and I bought her. I know I have a lot to learn, at the same time she does appear to have basic skills, holds her hooves up to be cleaned, stands still while grooming (if not grooming she practically dances) rides good one day, starts out bad the next though eventually comes around, knows voice commands-that said she is fat, and I have saddle slip problems so I have a pad coming in the mail that will supposedly help with that in case that is the issue with her occasional bad behavior. Tonight she was downright obnoxious while bringing her in, running, bucked, reared, after three trys I had to break down and bring out the treats. Now it is also about time for her cycle, if she isn't already back in it. Some days she drops her head to me, other days not, in fact I still have a sore swollen nose from her last head fling. So what do I do? She doesn't appear to respect me, and what I have read says I need to be the herd master. Any tips? I've got new library books, I've got horse people to call, but I'm looking for any and all advice as I've always worked with geldings who never gave me this much bipolar-esque behavior.