Frustrated with older mare
Warning: slightly longer post ahead.
Ok, so I don't usually post, mostly creepily stalking and learning from all of you. I am at my wits end. I have been working with the same mare for 2 years straight. At the beginning it was simply for fun, then we started to compete in lower level dressage. So now that we are coming up to the start of the season, I am expecting a bit more progress.
She is a heavier horse, trained originally in driving. She is so incredibly heavy in my hands. I started off with a simple snaffle, feels like 100 pounds in each hand. Thought I could fix that with more leg, no help. Also carry a whip, and ride with spurs, but I HATE using spurs for much other than finessing things. Decided to try the baucher, still no help.
Along with being very heavy in my hands no matter what, she also will not canter to save her life. Thought maybe it could be that she needed to canter on her own, tried lunging. Ya, that didn't work.
I guess what I am asking is, is she as far as she will go? Is walk/trot, lesson pony, driving horse, trail riding all she can do? Not that this is a bad thing.
Has this horse peaked and can go no farther?
Skutter - BelgianX born: May 28 2009
Spring - Standardbred born: May 2005