Originally Posted by Nmgirl
Hi everyone :) Let me start off by telling you all. I have a 10 year old OTTB mare and she is one of the most stubborn girl ever! I know she was an old racer but she will not stop when I ride her unless she is real tired than she wont even go forward! Lol I havent rode her for about 2 weeks then I was planning on riding her this week but ended up falling off cloud and got hurt pretty bad.
Anyways the point is how can I get my mare to stop? Should I use a different bit? I can tell her woah and she doesnt listen to that. I pull back on the reins and she will pull against it or start flipping her head around.
What kind of work should we due while im not able to ride so she doesnt get green?
Also how can I get her to stand still while trying to mount her? She has so much energy she just never stops moving around. ITS SOO HARD TO GET PICTURES OF HER STANDING STILL! And if I walk away she's up in my face again lol
Thank you all in advance :)
How long has it been since she was on the track?
Was she ever retrained to be a 'normal' horse and not a racer?
Do you usually go for a week or longer without riding her?
Thoroughbred racers are trained to run faster when the reins are pulled. If they aren't trained out of that racing mindset then that's what they'll automatically revert to when ridden. A lot of horses, especially high-energy ones like Thoroughbreds, need to be ridden often or they can be too energetic the next time you get on them, or worse, regress in their training.
I don't know exactly how my trainer does it, but all of her horses (and mine is now learning very well) will halt when they feel you tense your abdominal muscles. If done properly, they need no rein whatsoever to be able to halt. I'm sure at least one person here will recommend you teach her how to one-rein stop (is that correct?).
If it were my horse, I would want to reinforce the 'whoa' (I use 'ho' as it is clearer and more concise) on the ground. We began retraining my OTTB with just leading him around various places (mostly to get him used to things) and practicing halting on command. First it would be pressure to halt accompanied by the word of choice. Now he halts just with the voice command. A good 'ho' halt, to me, means that the horse is not allowed to jig around or fidget and he knows it. He can move his head a little if he isn't required to stand stock still (say for mounting). My horse does well with vocal commands which, for now, is fine. If I was enforcing a horse to halt I would make sure they have a reliable halt on the ground and then transition it to in the saddle.