Originally Posted by StormvaleQHStud View Post
All horses will break if all they're asked to do is work work Posted via Mobile Device
This! Horses aren't machines, & they have play drives, to varying degrees.
It's a matter of understanding her, with her particular "horsenality", & understanding what you're doing with her that leads
her to react as she does.
Rule #1: It's about the relationship between you & the horse, not getting some task done. Put another way, you'll fail at tasks unless you put the relationship first.
She might love to do all that you want if you made it more interesting for her, since she's tireless, as per your description, & has times of lovely cooperation with you.
I suggest learning Parelli horsenalities to see what hers is (sounds like she flips from "Make me!" - trying to buck you off - which is Left-brain Introvert, to racing away when she gets worried, which is Right-brain Extrovert.) You need to learn the skills that apply to what shows up in her in any given moment, to bring her back to you.
One strategy does not apply to all horses, or any one horse, since a horse usually has a calmer mode plus a scared mode of action. This is why I find that horsenalities are invaluable, & all you need do is check out the many success stories of riders & horses who were in trouble.
She sounds like a love, which is proven by her dreamy good spells, & her abundance of forward movement: I'm rooting for your developing the savvy in order to partner up with this gal!