Thanks again TL, I'll definitely keep that in mind and try it later tonight or tomorrow. Molly's off-track trainer, who trained her right off the track, sold her to someone who was to use her as a broodmare but instead ruined her lovely under saddle demeaner by doing things like kicking her when she misbehaved, which caused her to become an absolute lunatic whenever she felt any leg pressure. That owner sold her to Lindsay, who eventually got scared of her OTTBness, and she sold her to me. When I bought her she had NO slow canter, just trot to gallop, and you had to ride her completely from your seat because she exploded with leg aids. Through a YouTube video, I traced her off-track trainer because of Molly's unique face and leg markings, and she offered to retrain her at no cost but the price of board because of how dissapointed she was in Alicia for ruining her. After two months at the trainer she came home to me, and she's been improving ever since. Jenni (trainer) told me that to get her headset, I need to stop her, then ask for her to give by squeezing alternately, then move off when she gave me her head. It works sometimes but the method you suggested might work better; I'll give it a shot. I need her to be on the vertical, though, because when she's not her head flies up in the air and she avoids the bit, hollows her back out, and is not real fun to ride.
LOL Horseofcourse, never! My mom bought him 20 years ago for $900 and he's the best horse in the world
. He's super smooth! I'll never find another horse like him. He's in great shape, though, so if he lives another 10, 15 years, who knows--he could be a third generation horse!
After these videos were filmed, we were going to head back and I was trying a half-pass on Molly, and all the sudden she exploded out of nowhere, jumped sideways, I lost my stirrups, and she took of galloping. I hung on with my legs and it was all I could do to keep pressure on the inside rein so she was going in a circle at least and not just running towards nowhere. She took another lurch sideways at a gallop, and I fell onto her neck, completely off the saddle and holding on to her mane and the reins for dear life. I thought she was going to do a face-dive, we were so low to the ground, with me still on her neck at a breakneck gallop! After a minute or two I took the inside rein and circled her slowly in until she was forced to slow down....didn't want to attempt a one-rein stop, in fear of falling off! Eventually I got her to stop, slid back into the saddle, and we went home. My mom and friend said they had no idea how I stayed on....wish they had gotten it on video LOL! That's the closest I've come to falling off in a few years. After that she walked home like a perfect mare. Just thought I'd share!