Some background: I am working with a Connemara / Paint mare, 8 yrs old. She's been sitting in the barn for several months, not being ridden but being lunged daily. I came in last month and started riding her. After a couple weeks, we were doing AWESOME, she was finally starting to relax and get a nice low head in the walk and trot (we have yet to canter.) I had to take about 5 days off due to Thanksgiving, finals, etc, and coming back today... I feel like we are right back where we started!
Our main problem is this... she will not keep a nice, slow walk or trot... when we are walking, it's like halfway to a trot, and when we trot, it's like halfway to a canter.... very fast and difficult to post. She does not hault and stand very long, and sometime getting her to hault results in her head being thrown up.
She is lunged daily before and before I ride and has turnout time... not sure if this is an energy thing or manners. She does PERFECT on the lunge line, but once I get in the saddle she throws attitude. I am a college student, I am by no means a professional horse trainer... I am just a gal looking to grow in my knowledge of riding and this mare is definetely doing exactly that! Most days, I LOVE the challenge... but today, I couldn't help but feel a little impatient and somewhat discouraged.
Any words of wisdom?