Originally Posted by Jore
I take the majority of the blame for how she was going.. we were both pretty tensed up because we weren't used to each other. I'm also quite used to a horse who needs constant leg so the concept of zero leg was a foreign concept!
My second visit went so much better though. Her head was down at the canter, she was rounded up and at the trot, the difference was quite something. :)
I agree about the big strided horses being intimidating at first. When I first hopped on and she started walking, I was taken back by how fast it was.. so I took back on the reins. When I relaxed a little bit, I loosened them and she just kept going at the same pace.
We both weren't going our best, but I'm going to try and get another video of her sometime to post.. hopefully when she officially belongs to me and she's at the barn. :) I'd like to keep a forum journal once I get her.
You're very modest in your opinion of your own riding and you take critisism very well. It makes it very easy for us to talk with you since you don't get angry or defensive about things.
If you're using zero leg on her and she's scooting the way she is, she could be avoiding work by running from the leg. I had a horse who did this. Everytime I put my leg on, she'd take off. I finally spent the entire hour with my legs clamped on her so she realized that no matter how fast she went, I wouldn't take my legs off. After that hour, she accepted leg and responded well to them. I don't suggest that with your mare, though. Just don't let her scare your leg off.
It may be a bit of both but we wouldn't know unless we saw her ridden by someone else too. Don't take all the blame for it. She came off the track not too long ago, right? She looks good and wants to give you that headset, she just has to figure out the halfhalts and tracking up along with a steady, balanced pace. You two will get there in time.