So as you know I bought my horse last week and so far I've been having a little trouble with getting her to listen to me.
I know her previous rider had her on the bit all the time but she seems to throw her head up in the air when I give her the aid. I'm not sure if its the bit or the arena. I'm using a KK on her and her previous owner used an eggbut (sp?) snaffle. She sometimes will go a few (1 or 2) strides on the bit and then stick her head up in the air again. It's very frustrating because I've seen videos of her being able to keep it for like 5 minutes straight at a show so why can't I get it right!
She also keeps breaking her canter, she takes the aid wonderfully and then goes 4 strides and drops it and what makes it worse is that if I give her leg on, she gets very excited and starts to run. She has a huge canter and she gets very excited. Sometimes I can tell when she's about to do it and other times she'll just break randomly. I don't know how to get her to stop this nasty habit.
Another random question, I've heard that gel pads can elevate the saddle too much and that its just better not use one, what do you guys think? My horse is very sensitive to the distribution of my weight so I'm not sure if I should use one on her or not.