11-09-2011, 09:01 AM
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I retrained a older racing mare, I found she didn't bend, or balance well in turns. Riding with loose reins and letting her realize she no longer was being made to trot full out took time, but once they know that they don't have to usually it doesn't become a problem. It is a bit nerve racking at first if they want to do a full out racing trot but if your in a arena they'll slow down quickly, doing lots of turns and moving the fore hand and hind quarters is good. Once your horse is good without all the strong contact slowly build it up, back off if they get frustrated.
Taking off the side reins (I can't tell what they are in the video) is a good start. Teaching her to canter, by using voice and on lunge or free lunging. Again don't push until she is frustrated, she may have spent her racing career being corrected every time she cantered. A small jump can help pick up the canter too.