11-10-2011, 12:49 AM
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She was already trained when I got her but at that point had not been ridden in 5-7 years, then I just jumped on and went with it and she did great for me, then I had to move to Wyoming for a year and in that time she stayed with a friend who wanted her as a first horse for her 9year old daughter. I felt confident this family was a good match for DeeDee for that year and after returning to Oregon I reclaimed her and invited the the child to ride her one day, I was actually very sad about it and felt like my choice may have not been the best after all. She rode her so hard and so fast that she was pouring sweat, for a horse her age I didnt think it was a good thing to run her that hard. Since then I havent let her ride DeeDee again. Today it occured to me that this is probably the reason why I am having this problem with her, I think the child just ran the daylights out of her. I do recall the child saying that DeeDee wasnt fast enough for her.
So today I gave it another try. I rode completely without gripping, extremely relaxed, positive energy, focused on my posture and we did manage to walk a little bit, more than usual, but it was still a battle. Every single time I loosen up the reins even a smidge she starts to trot again. The only way I could maintain a walk was to put constant pressure on the reins and I know this isnt how it should be. Also, whenever we turn any direction she automatically trots. Every time she would pick up speed I would slow her down, or do one rein pull circles, or stop her and back her up, then start a walk again. Ill keep at it.
I can definitely say that we are both improving in our communication and that's really a great feeling. Just need to practice, practice, practice!