My trainer has said she's had a good three/four months build up now, she's fit, fat, healthy. Well, not fat, but fatter ;)
Last night in my lesson she wouldn't flex to the left, so I was told to bring my inside hand across my leg, inside leg on, when she relaxes and flexes to the inside give, then gently take inside rein till she balances herself. She wouldn't do it. My trainer stopped me, and told me to turn my toe out, put my leg and spur on until she listened. She wouldn't. She just did what she wanted.
So, my trainer said she thinks its high time Duffy was ridden with a schooling whip. Our previous experiences with a whip include bucking for an hour round the school until I got off. So, I picked up a kiddies little whip, brough my inside hand across my leg, and when she didn't listen to my inside leg, tapped her, ever so gently, behind my leg.
Not run away, but woosh. Boy, did she work. The POWER in her is unbelievable. I was shocked, and admittedly a bit nervous. It didn't feel out of control exactly, but it didn't seem far off. She was round, flexed brilliantly, working from behind and listening.
Canter. Oh my. Every time I asked it was STRAIGHT away, no stopping on the left like she tries to do, and she was sitting on her hind more, about 70% there, rather than cantering in to the floor. We did at one point have a control issue when we were supposed to trot at B...circle point.. M... C we got halt, my arms were shaking.
A couple of times she tried her head tossing which she seems to do when she's asked to do something she doesn't like, or doesn't want to do (thank the lord I had a martingale on) so I pushed her on. My trainer believes this may be the result of someone giving up on her through fright or something so Duffy thinks if she throws her head up and really sits on her hind legs so she can go up (only done twice when we started leg yielding and not high, but she got pushed on) so I pushed her on and on, and at one point booted her with my outside leg and she seemed to stop it.
Afterwards my guts felt jumbled from exhaustion and moving so fast.
Have I overhorsed myself with this 18.1hh machine, or is it youngsters testing and I need to be firmer with my riding?
Any thoughts appreciated!