I bought a
2 year old filly(cutting stock)...in November. She has had 30 days riding on her.
I have rode her maybe 5 times she has not offered to buck. But one day while lunging
her she jerked me to the ground pretty hard and ripped some skin off my fingers.
One day while riding in the woods with the trainer and another friend she spooked
because she noticed the other horses spooked also. When she spooked she went one
way and I went the other. Needless to say I got right back on.
She seems to be very timid at times too noises and different sounds she does not
like to stay in her stall at feeding time. She walks in and out of the stall.
She paces at times and jumps when she hears any noise..
This horse has never been abused hit are mistreated. I do not understand what
makes her so spooky at times.
I avoid riding
her most of the time because I am intimidated...and I will not ride alone unless
I have other people with me. I have rode before in my life and I have owned horses
before but never a young horse.
you for your letter because I think it will be helpful for many other people in
your situation and I hope my answer will be helpful to you too. My heart goes
out to you because I think you'd love to have a dependable horse that you can
enjoy and I sure don't like to read about you getting hurt.
two year old horse is a very inexperienced horse, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Most two year olds require not only an experienced rider but one that has ridden
young horses before. Fillies and uncastrated colts will be especially "fractious"
in their two year old year because they really are experiencing their hormones
for the first time ! Like a teenager, they can be full of unpredictable moods,
temper tantrums and surprises.
days of training is a start but it is far from enough time to consider a horse
"trained". It is enough time to get a horse used to the saddle and bridle
and teach them a little bit about go, whoa and turn but as far as developing confidence
and experience, well, that takes much much longer.
your horse needs is a confident leader and a lot of time spent doing a variety
of things. In hand work, longeing, ground driving, riding. Riding in an arena,
on the trail. Riding alone and with other horses. All of these things are necessary
to develop a solid, dependable horse.
on to your questions. Why is your horse so spooky and is this the right horse
for you? Many horses, young or old, but especially those that are insecure, will
be spooky. You can read about all the things that make horses do what they do
in my book, "How to Think Like a Horse". The more you can see things
from a horse's perspective, the more you will be able to understand ahead of time
what they might do. But the main reason your horse is spooky is that she lacks
As to whether this horse is suitable for
you, first I want to applaud you for even asking the question but I'm going to
let you answer it yourself by quoting some words from your letter. About the horse
you say, "nervous, young, spooky, timid, paces, jumps" and about yourself
you tell me about two instances where you've had trouble with her (and possibly
were injured) and you go on to say, "I do not understand, I avoid, I am intimidated,
I will not ride alone.......never rode a young horse."
wish for you is to have a wonderful horse experience. To do that you have two
choices as I see it. The first one would be to spend the time and money necessary
to get more training for your horse and lessons for yourself that will teach you
how to work with a young horse. The second choice would be to sell the filly and
purchase a seasoned, well-trained gelding that is 5-15 years old.
care, best of luck, and please let me know how you make out.