Well first off I have a few questions that I need to ask about my horses
These few Questions are about my Thoroughbred Mare Lady
1. Are Thoroughbreds trots usually real rough? I can post trot but I swear im going to give myself a black eye one of these days while everything is bouncing while trotting on her.
2. HOW CAN I GET HER TO STOP?! Ok she is an ex race horse. We start galloping and its real hard to make her stop I can pull back full force I know that's bad but she will not stop at all and I don't want to hurt her but if I can't make her stop she will hurt us both!
3. She only gallops by the ditch I guess because of the ditch trail looking like a race track.. but I can't get her to just walk she immediately goes to trotting then galloping. Am I using the wrong bit for her? I use I think its a snaffle bit.. the one that just bends in the middle so when you try to stop her it breaks in the middle.
It can depend on conformation as well as breed. My boy has a really floaty trot as opposed to choppy. It may help to train her in trotting a bit (idk how really, someone else may have more advice on that). 2.
Racehorses are trained to go FASTER the more pressure is put on their mouth/face. So when you're pulling back, she may be thinking you're telling her to GO. 3.
I'm no expert. I use a double-jointed loose ring on my OTTB. He's been in retraining for almost a year, and I just got him his own bit and bridle and he has no issues so far.
Overall, if she hasn't been retrained from the track, you may want to work with her on the ground for a while. Lunging (or round-penning if you do that) is invaluable. Teach her auditory commands. "Walk on", "trot", "canter", a whistle with descending
pitch to mean slow down/stop (or just a simple, firm "ho"). Keep at it until she is virtually flawless with vocal commands. That will help greatly when she is actually under saddle (from my personal experience).