05-10-2013, 05:03 PM
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Nope, I don't think it has to do with her being an ex-jockey as much as that she probably taught herself to ride, so never had the 'second opinion' that is so important with learning to ride. She is constantly behind the horse, doesn't know how to keep her arms still, and has weak legs. With students that ride like her, we don't even let them ride off of the lunge line yet. Her core is weak and she look like she's trying to use a mixture of Parelli, Anderson, and quite a bit of 'see-sawing' to try to get the mare to flex. All she's accomplishing though is getting the mare to evade the bit and toss her head.
That being said, I really like the mare but you're going to have a LOT of retraining to do, probably from the ground up. This horse is trying it's best but it can only do as good as the rider on its back.