Hello! Just joined The Horse Forum and I love it so far!! But anyways, let get started on the topic.
The first thing, I got my mare when she was 5. She is ridden western and only has her left eye, but it doesn't bother her at all (unless she doesn' have her fly mask on).
She wasn't in the best condition so I "trained" her a bit more and put her in better condition. I bought her as kid-friendly
and bombproof on early june of 2018. After I got used to her, I started training her to do barrels and she's been doing GREAT!!!
Around September of 2018, I lend her out to a friend. When I came back, she was a girthy mare. In fact, I put the saddle and saddle pad and she tries to bite. When I ride her, I kick her with my heel and she pins her ears and sometimes even bucks. I asked the person and they refused to tell me what happened that day. THEY STILL DO!!
Anyways..can anyone help? I under stand that mares act a bit grumpy during spring but this all year wrong. The vet says there's nothing wrong and I even changed saddle, saddle pad, and even cinch.
Now for the 2nd question. Some kids came over to the ranch. I was practing barrels and when I was running home, they threw rocks at her and me, causing her to run to the side. So I'm like "ok she just got scared...careful kids...karmas coming..." But it got worse. I was walking and she got scared by the cars driving on the road. She reared, spun around. I got off about 5 minutes after to get off (because it was getting dark) and she starts bucking
and rearing. Anyways I told the kids some things and threw rocks at them...because if you do something to my horse I do something to you.
Keep in mind this was me riding her for the 2nd time in 2 weeks (I have a busy schedule). I'm not retraining her, but I'm doing some "beginner barrel horse" drills. I ride her 3 times a week (planning planning to ride her 4 days per week now) 6-7 hours a week.
I'm using a grazing bit but am changing that by the end of the month. I was planning on using her for the 2020 season here in a nearby arena...but I'm not sure anymore. Any suggestions on what can help? I am doing more slow work now. I was planning on ViaCalm? Opinions on that?
Anyways thank you for those who reply!! If you read to the end...Thank You!! I'm not sure how you got the patience for this. 😆😆😆