I board at a perdomitly quarter horse farm and I get so tired of people constantly saying how "Thoroughbreds aren't smart, they are bred for their speed"
Well my mare is VERY intelligent! It took me one day to teach her to pick up her right front leg or left front leg by pointing at them and when she picks up her right leg I say "Head down" and she arches her neck and puts her head inbetween her legs, like a bow but she doesn't go to the ground) I was absolutley SOOOO proud of her!!! She also learned "Kiss" I lean my head down and say "Kiss" and she softly pushes her lips to my face. I am absolulty amazed at how intelligent she is!!!
She is doing so well with ground manners and behaving, the main problems I come across is when I walk out into her feild she will come to me but does not like being touched, when I reach out to touch her she walks away. She will let me halter her just fine just not pet her. Also I can see when I am brushing her she isn't the fondest of it. She does enjoy her tail being scratched though
I only got my mare a few months back and all she has ever done is been a race horse so when it comes to riding she has a lot to learn. I have done a lot of green breaking on horses but am currently retraining my mare so any helpful tips on how to teach her to yeild to the legs and to be calmer while riding would be greatly appreciated. (I've done work with her on the ground where I put pressure on her side so she steps with her back legs over, the reins control the front the legs control the back of the horse, but none of this carries over while I'm riding her because she thinks any leg pressure means GO)