Sounds awesome! I think I will try that next time we're in the longer arena!! The thing with this mare is that she won't slow down if we're turning sharply, probably because I am being a little more aggressive (which I'm not very good at) but if I do a larger circle she stops.. The hardest part of riding for me so far has just been keeping her at a trot. I don't know if it's me or her, or just a combination of me not being aggressive and her not wanting to trot.. But we are going on a trail ride this week so we'll see how we do together outside of the fence!!
Thanks for all the help everyone!! :)
If you keep on using the crop then eventually you can ride without it and she should be respecting you better. If she doesn't then grab it the next time you ride, and keep on using your legs! Make sure that your not pulling on her mouth making her stop at all. I used to be all western and barely english so I needed to learn to use my legs lots too. Somedays Cheyenne would be crazy somedays she wouldn't do anything. That's another thing that's good about the pattern that I told you about. If your horse slows down, then you need to use your legs! Also if your horse cuts your circle or anything then redue it until you get it right and THEN move on to your next circle. I find it works really well!
Hope this helps!