Horse Will Not Trot Under Saddle
I have a now 9 year old mare that just will not maintain a trot under saddle.I bought her as an 8 year old, unbroke, that had not had much of anything done with her…her feet were trimmed and she was vaccinated regularly.Thank goodness for that at least I guess!I have spent numerous hours on the ground with this horse.She will walk, trot, canter by voice or hand motions either on a lunge line or without (with or without saddle).She will maintain a trot bareback with me riding with no issues.She will trot in hand, under saddle, till I just can’t run any more.Add a rider and she starts to trot and about 2 seconds into it will start to walk.Tap her side or tell her to trot and she will pick it right back up but then 2 seconds later stops.There’s no bucking maybe a head toss though.
We’ve had her saddle checked for fit.Teeth checked.Vet checked for pain issues and had a chiropractor out. I don’t ride with a bit much but do on occasion.I’m thinking it’s just cause she’s new to it and perhaps a bit of laziness and/or stubbornness.I feel like we have just ran into a wall are progress has halted.It’s been about a month of working on this. I don’t expect perfection but I would like to see longer than a couple of seconds.
Suggestions/ideas welcome on how to get us moving along!