So I never had the money to take lesson and it was just the best stroke of lucking the world that I now have a friend that has has horses all her life. I have been riding (western) 3 years +/- and I ride her moms horse who is really sweet but I think she really knows what level you are at. The first time I ever rode her she would just follow my friends mom around and recently she has started challenging me which I what I need help with.
My first struggle is controlling the direction. Not as in left or right, but she likes to try and to at a slight angle to move towards home or my friends horse. I try to keep even pressure on the reign opposite to where she is trying to go but she just keeps pulling her head. And if I really want to go the opposite direction from where she wants to go then I have to really pull to turn her. I have tried to use leg pressure to steer but she wants to go faster even with even pressure on the reins. I am trotting while doing this too. I have the same problem in indoors and cutting corners
My other problem I guess we could say is spring fever. With the change of weather she is doing more little bucks when I try to canter (which I am still getting the hang of). And recently (this past sunday) she did a decent size buck throwing me on the neck and I lost my grip of staying on. I am quite sore now but I really want to show her who's boss. I am not the person to fall off at the slightest buck either, I have actually ridden a lot of smaller ones and this was the FIRST time I have EVER been bucked off. Now I am not saying the bucks are her challenging me because I have gotten better, but I don't like it and I really want her to stop. Even on a lunge line she was doing her little hopping thing. How do I get her to knock it off and respect me. I am not really 'afraid' of the bucks, I get more mad that she is doing it than scared. When she does buck, I get more 'fearless' and I really want to ride it out until she stops, but after being bucked off on sunday, after I got back on I only got to do some walking and trotting. I really want to be able to do a nice canter and learn and get better, but I can't do that if I am riding bucks at some point I will get a video of my riding (and probably mare hops and bucks) and I will post it.
*oh and with the cutting corners and gravitating to where she wants to go, she only does it with me. My friend can get her to not do it (or she just doesnt do it with her). My friend did ride her and she was doing her little hops and bucks when asked to canter*