Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: TN, but moving soon
• Horses: 0
She sounds like an interlligent, overused for schooling or bored alpha horse to me. Which would mean she's messing with you because you haven't proven to her that you're in charge and she can do whatever she wants. Until you do, she'll do whatever is fun for her.
I'd take her to the ground and work on the lunge line until she understands that she moves when you ask. Then move back into saddle and the walk stop excersizes that were mentioned. You can work her though her 5 walking transitions as well, just don't let her get into that trot. Thats your call only. If she breaks into it, circle her until you feel like stopping, if she stops trotting, make her go again, in a circle until you want to stop. Basically, whatever she doesn't want to do. Make it a game. Eventually, she'll realize its her job to read you and start picking up your cues before you give them, almost reading your mind. With no more boredom and a timeconsuming job, she has no time to nap, act up of think of mean tricks.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back ---Abigail Van Buren