Originally Posted by Cherie
First of all, her foundation is not 'rock solid'. She is not only NOT giving you her head to the left, she is giving you an awful lot of 'push-back' and not showing much respect.
A fact is: 'Round pens are for people and not horses.' We discourage their over-use unless a person is well versed in what things can be helped in one and what things are made worse. Leaning or scraping hard against the fence is one of the common things that can come out of round pen use.
One thing I would stay away from is turning toward the fence when you are right next to it. A horse does not have room to 'rollback' toward a fence if there is not 4-6 feet between the horse and the fence. [It is not a 'spin' in any way.] A horse cannot correctly roll back over its hocks, cannot set a hind pivot foot and cannot move its front end around without room to move it, so it is not a real good way to teach anything positive.
This horse does need to be taught to 'give' her head to you at all gaits. She does need to be taught to better 'follow her nose'.
If you are not comfortable riding her through her problems to 'fix' them, then I would go to a longe line and do very demanding, intricate exercises that require complete obedience. Longe through and over obstacles; make her go through and over things she does not want to do. You win those battles and they will convert much better to obedience under saddle that just 'wearing her out' in a round pen.
Once a horse is obeying you in complicated exercises on a line, go to ground driving and do the same thing. Cross ditches, big logs or downed trees, go past or over tarps. I drive horses up and down pond dams making them cross the creek-bed coming out of the bottom of the pond dam. Most horses will pretty much do everything with a rider that they will do while being gound-driven.
I don't over use it, I only use it to teach them something new or work out an issue.
I rode her through all her crow hops throughout the ride so I don't think that is the problem. I also rode her in the round pen.
We use her for hog hunting a lot of the time, so riding over logs and creeks and just about anything is routine for her. She is pretty versatile.
Ill have to disagree with you that her ground work isn't up to par. This horse is a really, really well trained horse on the ground (and in the saddle, she just has those days.)
Oh, and I wasn't turning 'right next to the fence.' I've worked with horses for a long time, so I sort of know what I'm doing:) They have plenty of room to roll back if they need to. These are cutting horses, so they know the drill. Posted via Mobile Device