Thanks for the quick replies guys.
Churumbeque- She does work off of voice command...alteast most of the time. She has a good whoah and transitions up and down really well most of the time, but she's still really fuzzy with learning that I can ask for different speeds within a gait. We've been taught to use clicking to cue for a faster trot or faster walk, and 'easy' to slow them down within the same gait. She does this about half of the time, but I usually have to reinforce with a little bit of rein as well.
I actually thought/still think theres something wrong with her tack too. Those pictures that you've seen were of one of her first few times out, and we were mostly walking, so I didn't use breeching. I actually didn't even have any breeching that fit her at the time, to tell you the truth. And since we have absolutely NO hills in our area...I didn't really think about it
All of her tack is borrowed and I'm slowly buying her own set. So far I have breeching, some extra pads, and a breastpiece that fit her. Actually...that breeching that I have is brand new and yesterday happens to be the first day she's worn it. Perhaps she just didn't know what was touching her in the rump?
So should I not be stopping her and asking her to back, then sending her forwards at a walk to trot? I really wasn't sure what to do in that instance. I've had riding horses do this with me, and know how to send them forwards with my leg, but without that extra contact I'm kind of at loss.
I'll try just bringing her back into a trot instead of a walk instead, if she tries that again I suppose ^^ And see about getting shorter traces ASAP. The ones she is using are supposively for a Class B miniature, but they're far too long for her. I just can't for the life of my find a local tack shop that sell driving equipment, which means I'm having to order everything online, which is not only expensive but hard to check quality on...
As for the saddle, does it look to big or did I have it up too high/low? I need to know so that I can fix it, as I've had it in the same spot every time I drive her and would like to get that resolved quickly. If its too big I can see about getting our Class A saddle repaired (a piece snapped a few months ago and no one took it to a leather shop, its just sitting around now.) and using that.
GreySorrel- thanks for the information! I'll admit it right now, I'm actually a little nervous about really laying that whip on her hard enough to hurt, because of all of the problems that we've had with whips and ropes before. I guess I just need to cowgirl up and do it. I know that what she's doing is highly unacceptable and the last thing I want is for one of us to get hurt.
With the speeding, while that was one of my first ideas (its what I do when round penning or riding a 'speed-speed-speed' horse) I'm not completely sure that even that devils trot that she was doing is safe to do at our farm. We have about 5 acres to drive around on, there are a lot of obstacles in the way that I'd be afraid to hit. The good thing though, is that when she was trying to speed- she was still listening to my hands and turning where I wanted her to. It would be a big hairy mess if she didn't, and thats why I want to get this stopped ASAP! I don't want her getting it into her head that she can just ignore me. She's a very pushy, very dominant mare to begin with, after all.