Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
It is taught to a certain point, but the horse must be balanced first and this one is not.
She's looking good OP, but I would really get her off those small circles. She's so unbalanced, she actually looks lame at times from trying to compensate. With a youngster like this, especially one that's fighting you quite a bit with her head in the air and not paying attention, I would get out her in a BIG field and working on huge circles and straight lines. Let her learn to balance herself, especially at the canter. I cantered my Paint at least half a dozen times before I began asking for circles. And especially being so young, it's terribly hard on their joints and back going so unbalanced in a tight circle.
I would work a LOT at the walk on leg pressure and forget the headset. Get her moving properly off your leg - side pass, turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand, etc. Get her soft and supple, gentle exercises asking her to lower her head and work her jaw at a standstill when she doesn't have to worry about balance. I wouldn't be working on any canter circles until she's started learning to respect your leg and not fight you.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.