Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Diego, California
Advice Please :)
My mare is starting to get a habit of running my knee/leg into the rail while going to the right (at a trot & Canter) and I want to nip it in the bud. It's always in the same spot in the arena and I do my best anticipate and push her over with my outside leg. She does get off my outside leg but it doesn't seem to be breaking the pattern enough, I don't want to have to push her over like that forever. My trainer suggested I tip her nose into the rail and if I have to make her do a roll back each time she gets too close to the rail. Do you have other any Ideas what might help if te above doens't work?
She's only 5 weeks into training and we've been teaching her to stay on the rail. I really don't think she is trying to get me off of her back, I'm sure she is just trying to do what she thinks we want. I do try & mix it up in the arena, squares, fig 8's, circles etc. and not constant rail work.
Oh, if it helps I ride western and only use contact on the reins when I *have to*. I try to use my seat and legs as much as I can and always before going to the reins.
Thanks in advance!!