Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Upstate New York
It's been a long time since I've posted on here. My journey with my mare is a long one and I won't go into all the details here.
To make a very long story short, my mare had some severe bucking issues and rearing issues. I went through two trainers/instructors and the last one I used suggested I send her out for professional training (because nothing we were doing was stopping her). So, off she went.
My mare has been in training for around 40 days now. He did not ride he the whole first week, only ponied her. She reared and tried stuff that first week. The update now is that she has not pulled anything since that first week and that she is doing great. He said at times she may pin her ears but that's about as far as it goes as long as you get after her with your voice. He has had other riders on her (different skill levels) and she has done great with all of them. He's even done some roping on her while he's had her and she acts like she's been doing it for years. He said her biggest thing is that you must be easy with your hands or she will get nervous/angry.
The plan is for me to go down and ride her today. He will ride her first and then I will ride her. I think we are going on the trails so long as it doesn't rain (something I've never done with her).
Does anyone have any advice on how I can have a nice, relaxed, confident ride tonight? It's hard to keep her track record out of mind. I've seen her throw people, rear with people on her, and she has given me PLENTY of rodeos while I have been on her. She reads body language extremely well (she's a very smart cookie) and I do not want my attitude or lack of confidence to be there tonight when I ride her. It is not good for either one of us. Advice is greatly appreciated! I know this is something I must conquer; I just want to know if there is a good way to get around this sort of thing.