Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Are you taking on this girl to train yourself? Are you sure you're experienced enough to deal with a barely even greenbroke Mustang? Make sure you think long and hard before entering this situation, because from the sounds of it, you don't sound qualified to be taking on a project of this magnitude. I mean no offense, only that moving a horse out is a very basic step that every trainer knows how to do.
Do not allow her to follow the trail horses - the idea that you would take her out on the trail before she's trained to obey your commands is alarming and dangerous. This little lady needs months upon months, if not years, of work before she will be a reliable trail horse for you. A professional trainer can probably get it done quicker, but you need to make sure she's safe.
I work by lunging my horses and round penning them. They are taught voice commands for all their gaits, as well as commands for speeding up or slowing down a gait. I find it much easier to train my horses to voice, and then teach them their leg and rein cues from the saddle by associating them with a vocal command. Some horses may be confused by you being on top instead of in the middle, and this can easily be rectified if you have a helper by having them stand in the middle of the round pen. Often they don't even need to do anything, it merely creates an environment the horse understands while you work on associating your vocal commands with leg commands.
Spurs will not help you at this point because this filly has no idea what a leg squeeze means.
Please be careful and I wish you luck.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.