I have a 2yo mare who is great in sound in most ways and coming along well.
The problem we're having is, when walking her she walks behind (almost like a dog should!!) her nose at my shoulder, head low, neck long which obviously isnt good for her young developing neck muscles.
I have tried to encourage her to walk faster with her head held higher and to walk with me at her shoulder but she just wont, if I try to slip back slightly to her shoulder lever (whilst encouraging her to keep walking) she stops to look at me as if to say "why are you stopping, whats happening"
I also cannot get her to trot whilst leading her, no amount of encourangement, bum tapping or rope tapping her will do it, the rope tapping freaks her slightly so I don't want to do that until she's more confident with it.
The only way I could get her to trot was with my husband leading her and me behind him encouraging and tapping her bum, but as soon as I stop she goes back to a walk.
Any advice would be much appreciated please.
I have had horses in the past bu never this young, decided as I'm now a stay at home mum I will have time to invest (hmm who was I kidding with a 16 month old!) but I seem to be doing ok, but again any advice on bringing on a 2yo would also be appreciated!
Many thanks in advance x