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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Please do not take this the wrong way. I do not know you or your back round, so must question you to answer.
Do you have any driving experience yourself? If so, how much? I ask because some cart horses/ponies can be very sensitive, but well trained. This is true of my mini mare, who is trained to drive single. I have never had any trouble driving or ground driving her, nor has my trainer. I let a friend (who told me she knew how to drive) take her for a spin with me in the cart with her, and I was amazed by the change. My friend technically did things right, but she was heavy handed and jerky with her signals, and my mare immediately tensed up and started doing things she's never done before. Trying to duck out, balking, not holding still when she was asked to woah, etc. When I took her back though, she was fine. It was just the heaviness of the signals that was bothering her. I've trained her to be extremely responsive to my aids and thus the constant 'in her face' nit picking bothered her.
That may very well not be the case with your little mare. You might try to contact her old owner though and ask if he can come watch you, to see if theres anything he can pin point that he doesn't do, or so he can show you what 'he' does. If he does it wrong, you'll know the mare needs retraining and you can hire a trainer from there. If he merely does things a little different, you might be able to adapt.
You could also just get a trainer now, and have him or her work with both you and your mare. Its always a great idea to do that anyways, even if your horse is 'completely broke' since its always useful to have a second eye. Hopefully it is a misunderstanding, and not that your girl is not well trained though!
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