Horse with more 'go' than 'whoa'
My mare is very forwards. Which is good. I've rode horses before that hurt to ride because you spend the entire time kicking them for more. I have no issues with her being forwards and willing. I'm grateful for her eagerness when we do more taxing stuff like pivoting or rollbacks or turning on the forehand because she gives everything her all.
She's goey, but she's usually pretty good about it. She always loves to go fast, but she generally is pretty good about keeping the pace I ask for, unless I'm doing something wrong, or unless we're in a really excited situation. But you can tell that she always wants to go faster. She often tries to push her speed, just to see if she can get away with it.
She has a pretty good stop; you can cue it mostly off your body position, but again, she just always would prefer to go, go, go.
So that is my first question. How can I collect and 'control' that forwards energy?
Next issue is...really hard to explain, unless you see it or mostly unless you ride her, but I'll try to explain it.. It feels like she's...overbent. All the time, she wants to bend or turn her body and/or head. It seems like she just can't go straight. To get her straight, you pretty much have to hold her there with your reins and legs and seat, and when you take away the aids, pretty soon she starts to drift again.
She is just so twisted up all the time, it seems like. Her head's going one way, her body's going another, or her front end is going one way and the back end another. When you put a leg on and she tries to respond to the pressure, she's so bendy and ridiculous that it feels like she'd bend herself inside out and over backwards if that's what alleviated the pressure.
I honestly don't know what I should be doing about that. I'm thinking she just needs to learn to go straight. So how can I teach her to do that? Or what else can I do to fix it?
Last edited by AllThePrettyHorses; 01-06-2012 at 01:59 PM.