So my friend rode him and I was going to have a ride on the lovely Pea.. but then she had her little mental and decided she wanted to act like a mad thoroughbred on race day or something so I just sort of lunged her but it was more a matter of held on while she bucked and reared and ran around at the end of the rope. No wonder no one believes me when I say she’s not crazy.
Anyway, Bert was being super lazy and not moving forward at all and not coming down on the bit or doing ANYTHING at all… even with a whip and Pea kept distracting him so I took her back to the paddock..
When I came walking back my friend was standing next to him on the ground and said that he’d started playing up and was backing up no matter what she did and wouldn’t go forward so I was like alright. She’d never dealth with something like that before so wasn’t sure what to do and felt safer hopping off than trying to stay on him until I got back. Which I understand.
So I put the rope on him and chased him around for 5 minutes to make him move forward instead of backwards and gave him a tap on the bum every time he tried to swing his front towards me and back away so no matter what he had to keep moving forward.
Then I hopped on him. Because he seemed fine and I was like okay I better sort his shit out before he undoes any progress we’ve made. I basically just sat right forward in the saddle so I almost felt like I was going to sit on his neck and just pushed him and tried to canter a bit but then he was like ohshit no I’ll behave and went into a frame and everything on a really short rein but every time I sat back a bit more he’d go giraffe mode..
Soooo I’m thinking we may need to even do dressage in a flatter more forward type of saddle because it seems the more forward you ride the more collected and uphill he gets instead of being a hollow backed giraffe. There’s a video. I have to have a look at it still.
Then we put a complete and total beginner on him and she had a completely loose rein and a shit position and everything and he tucked his nose in and pulled his back and shoulders up all proud and everything…
So obviously he’s just playing my friend because he gets away with it… Little shit, that’s what he is.
I mean, he even did side passes for me, mostly because I was trying to make him bend and was a little too strong on the inside leg and he wanted to go the other way so he did side passes instead of stepping through his shoulder because that gets him growled. I was sitting there like omfg help me. This horse is seriously the most awkwardest horse ever to train.