Tilly our 5 year old TBX has always been a dream to hack out, a bit strong and always keen ! Well, a few weeks ago she started refusing to trot in the arena and threatening to rear, we have kept her schooling light as she's young and she was doing so well. We had the vet out to check her teeth and back etc and she was given the all clear, her saddle has also been checked and adjusted.
The lady who schooled her once per week suggested giving her a break which we are doing but sadly the behaviour has now progressed to hacking. I rode her on Tuesday night and when I asked for trot she just refused to go forwards, I can only liken it to a sort of bronk ! She sort of bounces up and down on the spot. I tried again and the same thing happened, on the 3rd time she went up slightly so I had to stop for my own safety. I don't think she's napping as she will quite happily walk on and go wherever I ask so atm I'm completely baffled as she used to love getting out and about.
The only thing that I can think of is that her seasons could be affecting her, she was in season when the behaviour first started in the arena and I think that she's been in season again this week. In a way I hope that it is season related as I'm not confident or experienced enough to sort out dangerous behaviour ( she does it on the road too !! ) If anyone can come up with anything to explain this I would really appreciate it, thanks guys XX