Bought a Foxtrotter mare for my husband almost two years ago, hubby rode her 2-3 times and lost interest; she is apparently now my horse (I've got 4 others). I have ridden her a handful of times, but my primary ride has always been my RMH. The Foxtrotter is now 15, was used as a trail horse at "dude ranch" and bred several times; we bought her on an impulse at a dispersal where we had gone to look at farm equipment. She is very well trained, has alot more buttons than my RMH, but is VERY forward. I have decided to make her my primary trail horse for a little while with the goal of perhaps selling her, or getting her to a point where I enjoy riding her. She was extremely barn and buddy sour, but at this point she will just stall and then move forward with some encouragement rather than throwing a full blown hissy.
Major issue is: cannot rate this mare on a trail ride, she boogies on down the trail with the goal not just to be in front, she will pass the leaders & keep going. I have a very difficult time getting her to walk...her preferred gait is a foxtrot. I am constantly in her mouth, when she walks I give her some rein & she immediately speeds up. How do I get this mare to a point that I don't need constant contact to slow her down?
A little background on me...54, extensive background with horses thru my 20's & then a break for about 15 years. Was badly injured by a fall from a green Arab mare some years ago which totally killed my confidence. I am regaining that confidence (finally), but this mare does scare me a little. She is not mean or spooky, she's just so ****ed quick. My RMH thinks and then reacts, she is also not very athletic, so the reaction is sort of slo-mo.