I have hit a brick wall. advice please
Roxy is my 9 year old mare. I have had her for almost a year. She had 30 days training long before I met her, then had a girl riding her until she got aggressive when said girl treated her poorly. I started working with her, got her over her extreme spookiness and sensitivity. I fell in love and bought her to train on barrels. She now side passes, half passes, spins slowly, moves all parts of her body when asked. I can trot her on a loose rein, I can collect the trot up or extend it out, she stops with my seat. Now the problem. I have been patterning her on barrels. Walk to pocket, stop, go around correctly. Then walk the whole thing. Then trot, walk, trot, and now full trotting with nice bend.
She is ready for loping. This horse doesn't lope. It is either trot, or mach five. I have tried changing directions when she speeds up, one rein stops, transitions, and finally tried letting her run until she slowed down. I chickened out, thought she was going to kill herself after an hour of not slowing down even a little. I am lost, not sure what else to try. Her back has been checked for pain, she is completely sound, teeth and feet done, saddle fits, and I am not going to move to a harsher bit. She is in a snaffle, I may try a french link instead, but I don't try to hold her back, I work on loose rein.
She does not like kissing or clicking noises, they make her go fast. I have learned that she prefers light leg cues instead. I am lost. She can't learn barrel s if she won't lope the pattern calmly.
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