I have two questions to ask of you:
I've been free lunging my mare, just to give her a break from riding (I free lunge once or twice a week) and work on developing some muscle and I've been teaching her a command to change directions - I use the word 'switch'. Now, when she changes direction, she turns away from me (towards the fence) and then continues in the new direction.
Is it better for her to turn towards me or away from me? If its better for her to turn towards me, how would I go about teaching her this? Put her back on a lunge line?
I'm helping a friend with their horse, another little Nooitgedacht mare, and before we try anything else with her, I feel that the first step is to teach her cruise control - as in, to go at the pace I dictate in a calm, rhythmic manner without trying to go faster or slow down (this mare goes the faster route).
But I'm having some troubles there. Usually I use circles and half halts if a horse starts getting too fast or moves up a gait, but these don't seem to have the desired effect with this mare. She'll either keep going at a fast pace on a circle or will slow down only to immediately speed up when I send her out 'large' (around the whole arena).
Any ideas for alternative ways? I'm not so keen on stopping her each time she goes faster as she takes this as a reward (i.e. Stopping working). Or am I simply being too impatient and if I just keep at it with the circling, she'll get better eventually?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
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