I am hoping to get a little help from someone with a bit more knowledge about training horses than my dad and myself.
We both use natural horsemanship and have trained several horses using methods from both Clinton Anderson and Parelli.
However, last year my dad bought a beautiful registered spotted saddle mare who he was really looking forward to working with. The mare was sweet and did fantastic on the ground. He took a great deal of time doing her groundwork and slowing working up to mounting and starting work in the saddle.
Now we were told she was green broke by the Amish.
Well the short of it is this mare bucks like you wouldn't believe, particularly with any contact on her flanks. We've used jugs of rocks tied to her saddle, saddle bags with rocks, anything we could think of to desensitize her. A lot of her fear seems better, but it hasn't stopped the bucking.
We have even tried to bring in a more experience rider to rider her through some of these issues after a lot of her apprehension with her flanks seemed to be taken care of. Let's just say that the Mare still is not ridable.
At this point, my dad would just like to find a more suitable home to try to work her through this and help her have a good home.
Does anyone have any ideas or tips at either helping us work with this mare or finding a home for her? Thanks,