Originally Posted by masatisan
My horse was trained and ridden (by inexperienced trail riders!) on a VERY harsh jointed curb. Today after six months of not being ridden, with no groundwork and no special preparations I rode him with a Cook's bitless bridle. He wasn't perfect (he is very gate sour) but he responded well.
I think that it might be a good idea for you to try Monty Roberts' join-up technique with Sandie. It is groundwork that does not involve riding. It will improve your confidence and trust in one another and strenghen your bond. You only recently aquired Sandie so she is still getting to know you. I am secure in the belief that to truly know your horse you have to work from the ground up.
Instead of saying "she does this when I ride" You should try turning her loose in a round pen/ring/arena just you and her and watch what she does, how she acts. How does she respond to you? If you walk away does she follow? Does she pay attention to what you are doing? Does she watch you out of the corner of her eye? Does she ignore you?
How she behaves around you when you are off her back is just as important as how she acts with you up on her.
I actually just joined the Monty Roberts Join Up email newsletter!
I have walked around with her in the arena on a few occasions to see what she does. She does follow me around, it's really cute, she's the world's calmest horse on the ground! It's really only when I am riding her that she gets weirded out by the "scary corner" and such...so it has to be either that she doesn't feel that I'm there bc I'm in her blind spot or I'm making her feel insecure or something. I'm more looking at other ways of doing things not necessarily bc SHE needs them, but more or less because if I use another way, I will feel better and maybe calm myself down a bit! Haha