So I was riding last night and Aria was SUPER moody...she was being a little witch about everything, even more so than usual.
She's always been a very sensitive and stubborn horse...if she doesn't like what you're doing, she WILL protest, whether that means leaping straight up in the air, going completely sideways, or (and this is a new one) stopping dead in her tracks.
Last night, for whatever reason, Aria started doing this thing where she'd stop and just refuse to go forward. Usually at the faster gaits I'd feel it coming and push her through it (though she did get me once at the canter) but when we were walking, she'd just freeze. I'd leg her on and on and she'd completely ignore me, tucking her head in and puffing her belly out.
I don't carry a crop with her because she is SO sensitive 99% of the time and would flip out, but a few times I actually reached back and had to smack her with my hand behind my leg/on her rump to get her to move forward. She was making me SO MAD. If I could move her shoulders over or her hindquarters over and get part of her moving we'd generally get the forward motion back but she was so set on ignoring me that it was hard to do.
Unfortunately for her, I'm probably one of the few people who are more stubborn than this horse so I won every time and we moved forward, but it was frustrating.
She's always been thrown little fits when things didn't go her way and I know that's what she's doing here. We've been spending a lot of time getting her to listen and respond to all of my aids and she's not happy that she can't just drag me around and travel all crooked.
I'm just wondering...has anyone else dealt with this? Tips on how to get her moving again once she stopped?
My trainer just had me keeping my leg on/backing it up with a smack but then it was like a game of outwaiting her and I'd rather not spend that much time fighting with her.