10-14-2012, 08:44 AM
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I agree with Speed Racer, entirely.
I too recently acquired a ten year old OTTB mare.. she was on the track until she was seven and used as a broodmare for a couple years until she was started under saddle. My instructor and I don't believe that was never truly given any boundaries, so I've had to be consistent all the way through. She also would back up on me, whether I was getting on and at times, when I was trying to get her to go forward. Whenever she pulled something on me, I'd pull something on her.. and as a result of that, she's finally starting to respect me more.
About the trotting off, just spend all your riding time on fixing that issue. Indie would try trotting off after a few steps at a walk, so I spent a good couple hour long sessions just at the walk. I'd keep her on a loose-rein, but as soon as I felt her starting to trot, I'd pull back. Eventually, she went from one circle on a loose-rein to a few laps on a loose-rein. Also, practice getting her to stand still.. start with five seconds, and gradually increase it, then give her a nice neck rub if she stays still.. if she starts prancing, wait another five seconds, etc. It might get boring, but it'll pay off in the long run.