Ok so my 6-year-old mare was originally trained english but is doing very well western also. Goes alright on a loose rein & is picking up neck-reining & all that good stuff, very fast.
When we start to run however, I find she does best with more contact as she tends to slow, then speed up, slow, speed up & weave if I let her run on a loose rein.
Also, if we're trying to run circles or attempt jumps, she'll bend her head alright but at times will refuse to bend her body & bolts like that. She bends wonderfully at a walk & trot, but it's that dang lope/gallop.
This is the main reason we haven't actually run a barrel pattern yet & when I try some jumping in the yard she gets excited/worked up the moment she sees the jump or even ground poles & I can't get her to run straight at them therefore making it almost impossible to direct her to the next jump.
I was wondering if she may do better in an english bridle/something with more contact. Right now she's in my western headstall with either a d-ring snaffle or shanked training bit.
What do you think? Would better contact with her face & bit be more affective at helping to keep her more balanced/focused (i guess i'd say).
What's the BIG difference between western & english bridles?
If so, what kind would be best.
Any other suggestions would be great as well