Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Why can't you back her across the whole field? Barring some crazy ditch she has to cross, you can back her up for miles if you have to. When my mare doesn't want to move forward, I turn her around and back her up, then try turning back around and moving forward again. Lather, rinse, repeat. And I did this up a hill. =P
A deviation on puck's advice is get her moving laterally. If you can get her haunches moving over in a sidepass or leg yield, she may be too busy to think about where she's going.
Another idea is take her out and, if your savvy enough, turn around and go back just before she starts a fight. You have to be real on top of it for that one though.
And one more, lol. Do some 20m circles at the walk, trot, canter, whatever, at the end of the field closest to the barn. Do all your lateral work there, make her work REALLY hard, and when it's time for a break, take her out into the field and let her take her break there. She gets to rest where you want to be, and work where she wants to be.
It seems your doing fine on mounting, I would do some work without a block though so you don't have to drag it around with you as she moves away. You can also work on putting her in a corner, alongside a fence and her nose in the other wall. I've also seen some people mounting from the ground, and when the horse tries to move away, you hop off and start lunging at the trot. Then you bring her back and try again. If she wants to move, you're going to make her move.
Bumping her forward is definitely the way to go when she drops her head. I would play with bits to make sure she's in one she likes. It'll take a few weeks to decide if you two like the bit or not, so don't put it on one day and decide it sucks. Ride in it at least a dozen times before you make a decision.
If you feel that riding bareback is confusing her, or that you are perhaps sending mixed signals, ride her in a saddle until she gets it figured out.
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