She is 16. I've had her for 2 years now. She was a competition cutting horse at three, and then was made a brood mare after an injury. She is extremely fast.
I lunge her before we ride to let off some energy.
As for something not connecting in the saddle, I'm not doing anything different on her than I've ever done on any horse - I'm not leaning forward or asking her to go with my legs. I've had quite a few people watch us ride and asked them if it looks like I'm doing anything wrong, and they've all said no. She also has trouble stopping when others ride her, so I honestly don't feel like I'm asking her wrong. I feel as though she just wants to keep going, and the pressure from the bit isn't bothersome enough for her to yield to it.
And yes, on the lunge line she stops from a canter.
ETA: Mayfeild, I'm not necessarily talking about coming to a complete halt from a canter. I understand that that is very difficult for a horse. I'm simply talking about slowing. She has a tendency to delay response. It takes her too long to transition from a canter to a trot. Once she's trotting, she has no problem stopping. She -loves- to run.
I have also -never- used anything but a snaffle variation, with different length cheeks and that sort of thing. I've never used anything labeled "harsh" or "strong" - only "moderate" to "medium."
I guess my question should have been more clear.
Last edited by LeahKathleen; 04-06-2009 at 12:53 AM.