Hi I have a 15 year old French Trotteur who I saved from 'the meat man'. He was 11 when I bought him and very malnourished, quiet and needed a lot of TLC. I eventually brought him back to health and after quite a serious illness, where he needed injections twic a day, he gradually got better and I was able to ride him on gentle hacks, and he was great!! Since then, he has gone from strength to strength and because of my age, I decided to ride him in a western saddle, them being so comfortable and all!! We could ride past tractors, combines etc;, and he was perfect, occasionally he would try it on, and decide he did'nt want to go forward but nothing I could not handle. Unfortunately recently, he has been rearing up in the field and last night reared twice and flipped right over. Last week when I rode him I felt that he wanted to go up but my trainer kept on telling me to ride forward and eventually he calmed down, although he has now developed the habit of shaking his head which can be very off putting!!
I really would be very grateful for any help that anyone can offer. I have changed his bit to a copper snaffle. His teeth and back have all been checked. All I want is to hack out, not asking for much really! Any suggestions?? And why would he suddenly rear up in the field? HELP!! Thank you xx