Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
A TB will always be a TB. We have one at our barn who's in his 30's and you can still tell he's a TB when just walking him for his daily turnout..he doesn't get ridden anymore as he's retired, but he's still full of **** and vinegar regardless.
Add to it the fact that you're tense and nervous (which the horse will pickup and feed on) and it seems you've got yourself into a predicament.
Honestly, it sounds like a classic case of too much horse for the rider. I've been there, it's got me in trouble in the past too, although I worked up the confidence to get back on again once I passed the nervous stage, and I've made forward progress, but I know it's not easy.
The fact that she was an ex schoolie is the part the sounds the most off to me. A TB as a schoolie, fine, but only if they're only being used for the highly experienced riders - a beginner on a TB is a recipe for disaster.
Which leads me to my last question..what is YOUR riding skill level? You mention taking 5 years off, and if I go 5 weeks I get rusty, much less 5 months, or 5 years. Assuming you were experienced enough to be riding a TB before your 5 years off, did you at least take some remedial lessons on a DB schoolie beforehand to get back into the groove?