Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Have you checked saddle fit? A horse's back is always growing a changing, no matter their age. Some horses are quite senstive to this and may act out in bizzare ways. Also check to see if anything is rubbing or digging into her skin; boots, girths, and the bridle. Make sure your noseband isn't too low, make sure it isn't something you're doing.
You didn't make any mention of what you guys are working on, but I would suggest - after the above is checked - just going back to working on forwardness. A lot of the time, a horse may be acting out to tell that she feels uncomfortable, or that you're moving too fast with her. Another suggestion: take a lesson with a respectable trainer. Sometimes they can give you a solution that works right away.
Also, vary up her routine. Horses can actually get bored and depressed with arena work. The hot or naughty ones sometimes feel the need to be challenged in work, or need to get out and do other things. For example, in a week, have three days of riding, one day to go on a hack or trail ride, one day of "play time" (I know a horse that likes rolling around an exercise ball!), and two days off.
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