Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Crab Orchard, KY
My mare is slightly different: because I "know" that the original trainer used poor techniques in starting her. When we are out riding, if I allow her to canter, I know she would like to run off. Generally, we get along very well and I have negotiated a kind of truce based on trust and I feel that we get along pretty well, most of the time. She has crow hopped and bucked a time or two, and I have just ridden through it without incident. (It would take quite and effort to unseat me because I am 6'3" and 225#s, combined with a constant attention to my seat/riding position and I believe she is basically too lazy to really try too hard) Most of the time, we just get along very well. Walk & trot are really nice, but she's pushing to break into a canter that she'll stretch into a full out gallop if allowed. There's my problem because I get scared at that speed. I don't have a lot of experience at speed so a canter or gallop has been un-nerving for me. I'll need to work up there to garner more experience but control is an issue.
I have tried the various bits being discussed around here, but my mare would throw her head and get unruly about wearing a bit. That's why I switched to a bosal. (My wife calls it my "kite string") She has dropped her head and become more quiet and I have managed to maintain about the same amount of control including stopping power. I normally ride with a very light hand or finger tips and she will respond to leg cues very smoothly. I rode this last weekend after not having ridden for almost a year and she hit every cue perfectly. I did have a little trouble stopping her, but I attributed that to general excitement after not having ridden for so long.
I could be wrong about all this and that is why I'm here. To learn and see what we can improve on, as a team, my mare and me.
"The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can." J.R.R. Tolkien