I just started full-leasing this horse that I’ve known for a long time, but have only ridden about a dozen times. She’s gorgeous, she has tons of personality, she’s an excellent jumper, and now she’s practically mine. I’m ecstatic. But I remember a year ago, I was so frustrated with her whenever I work with her, and I still sometimes have problems. I want to get the most out of my life with Concept, so I’d like some advice.
First of all, Concept often runs away and refuses to be caught when she’s out in the pasture. She even does this with her owner of 6 years, although they don’t get along with each other at all (which is why I have the opportunity to lease Concept), so I’m thinking that might be part of it. What can I do to make her want to walk up to me in the field?
She’s a pretty green horse, and she’s very forward when I’m riding her. I love that I don’t have to nag her constantly to keep her going, but I want her to listen to me when I say “Okay, we’re going to stop now.” And not interpret it as “We can stop anytime in the next six laps of the arena.”. And don’t tell me that I’m not being firm enough; no matter how much I pull, even with a pulley rein, she just sticks her nose in the air and defies my wishes a lot of the time. She has such a beautiful trot, I want to enjoy it and work on my own position while she moves out freely, but I can’t because after a few minutes of trotting, no matter how many different figures and exercises we do, she gets bored and tries to make things exciting by going faster (or at least that’s my interpretation of what she’s doing).
When we canter, she tries to run away with me when she’s excited, and she sometimes isn’t very balanced. My trainer is working on the balance issue with us, and it’s coming along nicely, but I’d like some more insight on how to slow her down and keep her at a nice, comfortable pace that we can both keep up. This especially goes for when we jump, because she gets really excited and wants to make really sharp turns, fly around the course, and sometimes takes off too early.
If anyone has any advice, I’d love to hear what you think I should do with Concept. I love her to pieces, but I definitely understand that we both need a lot of work!