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I have broke and rode horses for over half my life. I have always said if you get a new horse in and you did not learn something from it you were doing something wrong. Well I guess I could blame this on old age or alsheimers (spelling is first thing to go I hear) . Anyway I purchased a TWH mare this summer and rode her by myself up behind the ladies house before I bought her I knew she did not rein the best in the world but thought BIG DEAL. Took her out through the road at my daughters were I was staying this summer and down the trail through some water still little rough but not to awful. Now in the round pen she kept trying to climb out. No I don't mean kinda pawing or just running around I mean literally CLIMBING, CRASHING, REARING UP TRYING TO JUMP / BREAK THE PANELS DOWN. She had been in a field with no other horses when I bought her but dont know how long. I went to ride her again and not sure what happened combination of too much bit, I was not feeling good to start with, daughter yelled are you going to let her get away with that so I smacked her on the neck, she jumped I pulled on reins instead of holding with my legs. Now you know all this was in a split second while I'm thinking " ohhhh I shouldn't have done that. Crawled out of the round pen because my right knee said it was not ready to get up and spent 2 days on crutches. Knee is better. Horse still little crazy and I hate to admit I can't get up the nerve to get back on. Any advice on why she may be acting like she does in pen and how to get her reining better. Now she did not through me. I was coming off in case she started to buck which I think also scared her because I did it so fast she scooted sideways up hill a little and my legs just did not reach the ground. So I must admit she did not buck or rear.