Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
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Once you rule out any soundness and tack issues, start looking at work ethic. Her rushing the trot could be a just hurry this up and get it over with. Her refusing to move, again, eliminating soundness, sounds like 'tude.
If she'll move off your leg at all, try bending her at the trot. Use the forward momentum to your advantage..it's harder for them to have to bend than just forward, plus, she'll have to use her brain. Another indicator of where or what's going on in her mind. Just don't over do it, and make sure to work both sides. One side will be stiffer than the other.
I agree with making her trot some more when you feel her slowing down after all that rushing around. Again, moderation.
I also like whoever said to post..it'll keep you from having too much of a driving forward seat. Sitting too deep in the saddle could be encouraging her forward. As for pulling back on both reins, that's not something I'd advise. Try a half halt, use one rein..google it for a better explanation that I can give. Mix it all up, so she doesn't know what you're going to do to re-engage her mind.
As for the stopping and refusing to move forward..arrgg, I hate that! Again, you can use the sidepass, anything lateral..just don't over use it..Oh!! how about the bit?? Proper fit? Is she fighting it or liking it? You may need to resort to some blunt english style spurs and a short crop for the forward, to get her to move. It can also be a good aid in teaching sideways. I'm NO instructor...just suggestions...