Ok, this is me and my appy/twh(?) mare. She is about 14.2 and she is 5 yrs old. She was rescued(she was found running on a highway with one eye) and she is the most stubborn thing ever. She was so hard to train and we are still trying to master cantering. She is usually ok, just a little hard to get going adn unless she has cantered many times in the same corner she will pick up her wrong lead even on a tight corner, so ya she is pretty skillful. She was really bad this weekend she was trying to throw me the whole time and I was pretty mad but I felt pretty skillfull for staying on Any ways tell me what you think of me, her, and us=]
Btw, I have changed my stirups so they are longer now, and I have improved a bit so Im not as bad as I looked a month ago!
She looks like a great little horse! I can't tell at all in these pics that she was giving you trouble. She has a really nice expression when you are on her. Her trot is beautiful as well. She seems to be using her hind end and really stretching out with those legs. Her headset is nice and relaxed and looks comfortable for both of you.
One thing I see is that your saddle looks like it's set too far forward. In that position it interferes with the shoulders and can be very uncomfortable for both of you. This could be causing some of her behavior issues. The appy/arab mare I ride will either refuse to move or will kind of rolling buck and kick if she feels like the saddle is too far forward. It's her way of letting me know that she's uncomfortable. Try moving the saddle back a bit. Have someone pull one of her front legs forward, and take notice of where the back of her shoulder is when her leg is extended; the weight-bearing part of the saddle needs to be behind this point.
You also need to raise your hands a bit so that there is a straight line from your elbow to the bit.
She looks like a great little horse and seems to be coming along nicely. I hope she does well for you!