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        09-08-2013, 06:32 PM
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    What do you mean she holds her head down?

    It sounds like she is easily distracted/loses focus.

    With this type of horse, you need to be thoroughly prepared and have back up plans incase something goes wrong.

    Yesterday the mare I was riding encountered a cow on the way home, where there wasn't one before. She also encountered a work crane and a truck full of loud workmen.

    Now she was ready to lose her marbles, but instead I made her leg yield, circle, shoulder fore, zig zag.. flex.. anything to get her mind off of all of that and only focus on riding forward.

    And it worked :) Her balking was fine, she didn't spook.

    Since this is your 3rd experience with a lesson horse... maybe they should pick one that is less spooky/without-confidence.

    I don't think at your level this horse is a match yet. I think in a few more lessons you'll be able to ride her a lot more effectively once you spend some time with a confident horse :)
         
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