Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
I agree with TXM and Ponypile, as I have also seen this scenario before
Horse is green, but worked regular by owner in familiar surroundings, so you can put a fairly green rider on that horse, and a good minded colt will ride okay
BUT, this horse is not seasoned, good habits have not become ingrained in him, has not been exposed to lots of new places, nor has had time to build any trust in you.
You are seeing nothing different then what is experienced taking a green horse to his first show, where that horse rides fine at home, but might fall apart at a show, until he learns to accept new situations.
The fact that the first saddle you used on him, did not fit, does not help
I take it that you are trail riding with other people? If so, many green horses can be ridden out, in the security of other horses, and go anywhere, as long as they are not asked to ride out alone
Maybe he rides out fine alone, but you might have let little things slip, during mounting and bridling, so that he now has escalated negative behavior
There is also the fact of how you put the bit in that mouth, and also how you remove it,as natisha mentioned