Originally Posted by *ArabianPrincess*
Originally Posted by My2Geldings
I haven't read the posts already on here so my apology if this has already been said but lunging might be a good idea. It sounds like that mare is very athletic and getting rid of some of that energy might be a good idea. Keep her busy, throw some trot poles, some little raised poles. Get her working and using that energy into a good training session for the both of you.
I heard lunging horses makes them more 'hyped' or something.
I wouldn't introduce trot poles or anything it might spark her up a bit and make her more go-y and you don't want that.
If you start quiet and relaxed and do the bringing head down there it might work for her, it does for my boy.
never have I heard that lunging horses hypes them up more. Its widely used as both a training and settling tool. Many valuable things can also be learnt from lunging type groundwork.
I also don't believe that trot poles are going to hype them up either. When im having trouble with my wb I run him over the poles for a while. He has to concentrate and focus so he puts his head down and listens more intently. It also slows him down when he is one of those 'ive got my head up in the air and im NOT listening' type of moods. Did the same thing with my arab years ago and it only gets good results.
To the OP - you do need to get her quiet and relaxed but I think at this stage doing it in the saddle isnt the best way. Work with her on the ground, lunging with side reins, lunging with a training type device like the pessoa, ground driving, yielding etc etc working from the ground will get you more leverage in the saddle. Its also a good way to bond with your horse. What she learns on the ground can then be transferred over to the saddle. Im not saying do only groundwork but I would make it a major part of her training regime at the moment
Also, she is an ex-racehorse so she wont really have been broken in very well. Its nothing against her its just that breaking a horse to race is a lot different to 'finishing' a pleasure/english/western or whatever horse. Hence why I suggested going back to basics and start from the ground up :)