Originally Posted by Eolith
I have no idea how she was ridden previously or even how much... no history on this girl, really. She did seem to "western jog" at first when asked to trot, but that could be laziness or feeling unbalanced after a while off of work. The bridle I was told to use with her is an english bridle however.
She seems to settle down after about a lap or two around the arena when I give her a longer rein... though if I throw the rein away entirely she will become racey at the trot rather than to keep a steady more relaxed pace. She does seem to avoid contact on occasion, almost dropping behind the bit sometimes.
This sounds a bit like my horse actually. I had her teeth floated, she calmed down some, but not fully. Tried several different bits, found one that helped some, but didn't help enough. It was still an issue. What I ended up doing was alot of round ring work before I took her out, and it helped ALOT. She was just an antsy hot blooded horse. When I had gotten her though, she was a broodmare/lawn ornament and never ridden, wich I think didn't help. (I was initially told she had minimal training, then told she had NEVER been ridden). So basically it could be a bit of her personallity, equipment, and just needs to learn some manners under saddle.