Originally Posted by MIEventer
Very pretty girl with a gentle soul. She is trying most definitely. I want to point something out though if I may....
See how she has given into your hands? You must release with your inside rein the moment she does that. If you do not give with your inside rein....then you aren't letting her know she did something right. You aren't saying "Yes, that is what I want"
Also, she is popping that outside shoulder. Your outside rein, must keep that shoulder under herself. Your turning aids are also through your outside rein, not inside.
Pick up your hands * I have that issue as well* to aid her up and into you.
Remember, your position in the saddle and your aids, reflect into your horse.
Also - I am concerned about her hoof angles....and I will tell you why. She has long toes, no heel. More than likely, smooshed frogs as well.
All the pressure is being dispursed into her toes - which will impede her movement.
My TB just went through this. No matter how hard I tried to get him to move forward and track up - he wouldn't. Because he had too long of toes, no heels, compressed frogs. No blood flow. All that pressure was being put into his toes. He wouldn't trust his heels and every step he took hurt.
It took a highly quallified farrier to come out and fix it all. I've been off of his back for 6 months to correct this............the errors this other "farrier" did to him.
I am not a Farrier - not at all. But the angles of your mares hooves, look like how mine were. I had no idea...until everything was pointed out to me.
Thanks MIEventer. She really does try for me. I love her so much. I'm surprised you say that about her hooves, like you said, I've never thought of it at all. I don't know if you can see, but she has shoes on her front feet. Maybe she needs them on all fours?