Posted Today, 03:34 PM
Hi! I´m new here so here goes!
I have a 4 year old filly, i have had her since she was 8 months old. She was a rescue case and she has a small hernia on her belly button.
I have been around and worked with horses all my life, but my equestrian level is basic, trails and such.
I started training ground work, long rains, lunge, and go on walks with her and my dogs since she was a yearling but she has always been pushy, and headstrong.
Her family are not the easiest horses, her mother is a ¨complicated¨ horse as is her father and some of her full sisters.
She has been under saddle now for almost a year but I started to really work her the last 3 months.
I have always worked her in a calm environment, with a lot a patience and it worked. We could walk, trot, canter in the arina and go for trail rides with out any fuss.
But she was still very pushy, when it was time to get her shots, big drama and it always ended with the vet´s helper hanging on to her ear etc.
I took her to a trainer because I wanted her to progress more in her training, and do some dressage with her.
So i would get lessons and she would get trained.
The deal was I would ride her, but after 3 weeks she would still not ¨take the bit¨and ¨go in the vertical¨ so the trainer rode her, and in 5 minutes she was ¨in the vertical¨ and on a light contact, and I thought, grate!
The next time I rode her I got her in the vertical, off and on, but it was a start. The next few week it was more ¨off¨ than ¨on¨ until it was gone all together, she would get all hot and i would have to be constantly doing half halts. my trainer said to get her to counter bend, so we stared doing that but she would just get more nervous and want to go faster, head higher.
Each time it got worse, so my trainer decided to ride her, and it was a disaster, she was all nervous, and would not yield to any leg pressure, but push, fight the bit.
In the end she had hair gone from one of her flanks do to the spurs and was dripping with sweat from head to hoof.
At a walk, she ended going into the vertical, but after a 30 minute fight.
She had a very different look in her eyes, she looked humiliated. I will not let this person ride her again, I cant believe this is the normal process of training a young horse and my trainer says she is head strong up to a point that she will be dangerous to ride soon if she is not ¨shown who´s boss¨.
Tomorrow I will ride her again after this incident, but I am not looking forwards to it.
I´m at a loss, and I don´t trust my trainer now.