I own a 7 y/o OTTB. I want to do things like hunters with her once I get these two issues down.
She picks up her left lead no matter what. I can't get her right lead and in the end we both end up frustrated! She's just so stiff on that shoulder. I've tried things like turning her to the wall and kicking and i've also tried leaning on the outside and going from a walk to a canter. These sometimes work but I need something more effective and better than that... and something possible prettier. I've even tried flying lead changes just so she can get used to being on that lead! Once she's on the right lead she's fine... it's just getting to it.. that's the hard part. Suggestions?
Also, she holds her head up annoyingly high. She's in no frame at all. I just started trying this thing where I alternate squeezing the reins with my hands It works sometimes but it's not really effective. I figure if I can get her in a frame, it might help with the leads. Any suggestions?
Last thing, She refers to my legs as the gas pedal. If I touch her with my heel to push her over to one side, she just goes faster. She's EXTREMELY sensitive about my legs and if I make any movements to her sides, she goes. I just want her to soften up everywhere and not be so sensitive to my legs and realize that my legs don't always mean go.
Any help would be awesome!!!