Bella and I are starting from the ground up since she wasn't properly started by her previous owners so though she is incredibly calm she is stubborn as heck & does not bend at the neck very well at all.
She will yield her hind quarters but that only helps to a certain point when turning. Sometimes I literally have to grab one rein with both hands and use all my strength to get her to turn her head around!
I started riding her in a d-ring, then switched to a full-cheek snaffle & now she is in a side-pull snaffle combo.
I would eventually like to start getting her taking barrels, poles, etc but I
Need her to be able to bend willingly at a walk first let alone a gallop and forget neck reining for now!
She's also not a very sensitive (tough skin). Even with spurs you really have to dig in before she'll even flick an ear back and think of moving
She never gets mad though, which is handy when trying to get her to do stuff she doesnt want to!
What exercises do you guys use on stubborn horses; first on the ground & then in the saddle?
ANY advice would be great!