As some may know, I got a Fjord mare just over a week ago now.
She's ten years old but only green broke. Her owners told me she was still learning to turn so I was prepared when I brought her home but I think we need some help!
I've only ridden her 3 times so far, first time in a D-ring and then in a full cheek snaffle. She doesn't respond any better to the full cheek, but I don't know of another bit that will really help encourage her to turn.
She's not a bolter but if she wants to go in a different direction I have to use both hands pretty much to pull on one rein and get her going where I want her and she's got no clue when it comes to leg signals.
(She also likes to lay down in the middle of a ride, but that's a totally different story)
She also has a really hard mouth for a horse that doesn't have much work on her. If she gets going she doesn't respond well when asked to stop & of course doesn't like to turn. I don't want to move up to a leverage bit, though until I get her turning propery and moving off the leg.
I guess the good thing about her is she's so laid back that she doesn't get mad or jumpy, just stubborn!
Do any of you know what might work? I'm way open to suggestions.