I've been riding 4 year old Tiva since last summer. We had great moments together. I spent most of my time grooming , petting and talking to her. She was so careful when I was around. But soon after I started riding her I saw her other side:
1. She never moved when I put her saddle on, but when I had to put the bridle on.... She held her head really high and I couldn't put the bit in her mouth. I tied the lead rope shorter but somehow she managed to make it loose. Finally I gave up and asked my trainer to help me.
2. When we go in the outdoor arena she just doesn't want to move. I keep on kicking but there is no reaction. I can't use a whip 'cause she's too sensitive and nobody has ever ridden her that way. I feel bad for giving up so quickly. Maybe it's because I'm afraid she'll buck, rear of people will make laugh at me..
Please give me you're advise? What should I do? Is it a good thing if I lunge her before I ride her? Will that take some of her energy away? Thanks!