Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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Best Way to Keep a Hot Horse Calm Under Saddle
I had little issue riding my mare today, and I would like to seek your opinions on the best way to handle it.
She was very excitable today (Sunday). I took her out into the arena, and every time I asked for the jog, she would kind of pop up, like she wanted to lope. No biggie, I would say noooo, and she would continue at the jog. However she kept trying to pop up into the lope while we were jogging all on her own without a leg or heel on her.
Once I had her jogging consistently w/o being naughty, I asked for the lope, and it was terrible. I couldn't get her to collect, and whenever we hit the straight, she would really increase the speed, until we were almost galloping.
She was worked Friday, rode her Saturday (she was an angel), so I thought she would be calm for today's ride.
Does this just sound like a case of needing a good lunge before the ride? I have only had her for a week and I am still getting used to her.
Anyways, I suppose my big question is, what is the best way to keep a hot horse calm under saddle. I got frustrated with her, and I know that's not good. I want to make sure I am not exacerbating the problem, and making the right corrections.