Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I wouldn't rule out pain. Her tack may be the same, but she's not. You say yourself she's not at the same weight, and probably doesn't have the same muscle tone. When Ricci needs time off, her back drops and her topline vanishes, and it takes a month of bareback riding to build it back up so my saddle will fit. Plus, Jynx has had a few random problems in the past. Which leg/stifle was it that locked up, again?
When you ask her to step over, are you using your rein too? Your seat? Ideally, you want all your left aids to be walls, so that she CANNOT move left because there's no where to go.
It's possible you're coming at her with an attitude of "she won't do it," and therefore, it's garaunteed that she won't. Make sure you're mental self is calm and neutral, take a deep breath, and just ask.
Are you allowing her to bend away from pressure? If not, it may be worth a try. It's easier to yield [at least for my mare] while they're "wrapped" around your leg. I find if I can control the bend, it's easier for me to control the straight.
And also, moving INTO pressure is a very baby-ish thing. That's what they do with mom. With my little one, it took a... what do you call it?... a "come to Jesus" beating with my dressage whip to get her to move away. I started with a wave, then a nice tap, and then increased the "tapping" until I was literally wailing on her before she moved. And you're already doing the most important thing; PRAISE. Good luck. =]
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 07-25-2010 at 11:18 AM.