This is all very good advice. My trainer has known this horse since she was 4 years old. She'll be 11 this Friday (Happy B-day Belmont). Anyway, she told me the other day that she remembers her doing the exact same thing when she was younger. Lately I have been doing a lot of halts with her. The second she starts to run off I stop her and then we go from walk to stop to trot to stop to walk, etc.I don't do it in front of the jumps though. My trainer and I have been working on stopping after certain jumps that she tends to run through. Lately I have been better about being able to keep my leverage and sit back in the saddle but occasionally she will catch me off guard and pull me out of the saddle and then my fight isn't only to get her stop, but for me to also get back in the position where I can lean back and pull up on the reins to get her to listen.
Thank you for your compliment. I don't consider myself seasoned, per se, but I try to do as much research as I can and absorb everything. I am a bit hard on myself at times. Unfortunately, my first horse was psychotic, so it forced me to learn much more about horses in a much smaller amount of time. Which in hind site, probably was a good thing. I really want to have a great relationship with this girl because I see us doing great things together.
You asked for pictures....
The first picture is of her when I first bought her. She was very overweight because she had been out in a pasture eating for 3 months. The second one is the only semi-good one that I have of her right now. She's shiny because I hosed her down after a lesson and we are on a slight slant but you can still see the difference from the first shot. The third pic is her all tacked up before a ride. Ignore me, that picture is terrible. Haha.