Mls - If you look back I AM actually taking advice, even if it's not the advice you agree with. And my poor horse? I'm sorry but I find that extremely offensive. Just because she is an excellent performer in the arena suddenly she's a poor creature who's got no life? As for security, I have to be giving that to her ALL the time. Anyone who rides her has to, arena or no arena. She is extremely sensitive and extremely hard to ride. It's easier said than done to give her security. I go out confident but when my life is being put as risk I'm not always going to be flawless. You should have seen her when I first got my hands on her. I couldn't even lope without her totally exploding. I personally think the work that has been done with her so far is pretty phenomenal. Many people told me to give up on her. It's just that this time, since trails are not ever going to be my main forte, I feel that maybe she just doesn't want to be a plodder. I will still try at least once I think to go out and be put right to work.
Another reason I believe this will help is because she has been used as a ranch horse before. She is NOT a spooky horse. I have been talking with her previous owner and she was used to gather cattle and do chores like that. I did a working rancher class with her and she did great. She rides out in the fields with no problem. I honest to god believe she WANTS a job since it's always the battle when I ask her to walk along quietly. Also, why would she have done SO well on the very first ride I ever took her out on and never since then even though I've tried to make the trails her "calm and relaxed" spot? I don't quite understand that part. Though I should add the first thing we did was do extended trots up a small hill and went right onto a logging road and never really tried to make her go slow (My older gelding who was also on the ride strides out a TON so she had to move a little faster to keep up) If you disagree, please offer me some sort of other advice based off this information...For now I'll take the other advice.
Anywho, greenbryer,like I said in that above paragraph she goes out in fields. I haven't tried along roads. I've taken her walking with me on the road before but I haven't ridden her except for that logging road, though her pasture borders a major county highway so I can't imagine her not being fine with her.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.