Originally Posted by QHriderKE
She is naturally a hot horse, but when I try and just keep her in a slower lope, she gets all bunched up and doesnt move out at all and then she tries to buck or something silly. I've just tried to push her onto the bit and that hasnt helped.
So, im thinking letting her blow off some pent up nerves and energy and maybe move out better at a lope so I can do something with her at the lope without her being awful to ride.
We have been working mostly w/t for the past year... so no issues there.
I also find that the more I lope her at once, the more relaxed she gets but its a long process to get to that point.
In that case, I'd let her go and see what happens. As long as you're sure it won't be dangerous, I'd at least try it and see if that's what she needs. If she behaves well while you work her, you can do a light session of walk/trot, then, if she's really good and you feel that she's at a good place, take her out and let her gallop like she wants as a reward and see if that's a solution. Since she's only been doing walk/trot, she might just need that release while under saddle.
-edit- although I'd like to add that if she's a naturally hot horse, it might not be a good idea- she might just work herself up and sometimes that can actually set you back training-wise. You did say that she behaves better when she gets to go faster, though, so I still think it's worth a try at least.