Hi everyone! I've got a 6 year old 15 hand quarter horse mare I bought with 30 days on her in May. She got injured in June and then had two months off.
She had just started giving to the bit and coming into a really nice frame in the walk about two weeks ago (I could only walk and trot her for a bit in October-she had a full winter coat and was getting way too hot... I clipped her a week and a half ago though :) ) After I clipped her, we were able to start working more without her overheating.
She's always been a little reluctant in the lope, but not too bad. Last week, she started running straight into the wall in the lope and coming to a screeching halt when we would circle. I would correct and continue as if it hadn't happened. Yesterday, her misbehavior got worse-instead of just stopping at the wall, she GALLOPS a diagonal as we come off the wall to circle, and is super unresponsive to my aids.
I use my inside rein to guide her, and balance with my outside rein while using my outside leg to keep her from running into the wall, but she will just run straight through my aids most of the time.
I don't believe in "punishment" unless it is absolutely necessary-I prefer the positive reinforcement method. I don't have money for a trainer or lessons at the moment, and this is driving me nuts.
Has anybody had a similar problem before, or any advice?