Her name is Cricket. She is a 5 year old QH mare. She is quite cute besides her downhill build, and quite docile when she wants to be.
Lately she's been a bit head-strong on the ground and a little stiff undersaddle. I'm not sure how to help her get her head lowered and supple. When I go to stop, I give and take with the reins 'asking', but she braces and lugs to a stop.
Nothing out to hurt you, but irritating and.. Well, wrong. She rides in a snaffle (I'm so happy! Definetely won't be changing!) pretty well (except for the stopping), turns ok although sometimes she will brace, she slows down and speeds up like a DREAM, but the stopping incorrectly issue and head just hanging there doing nothing while she trots is kind of irritating.
She won't canter, instead she puts her head down and shakes it, so we've got a little work to do. I've gotten her in to it, but for now I'm going to start over and work our way up. She has NO experience with anything but traffic and walking/trotting. She was ridden by a little give for a few years and that was it. Just in the paddock or down the road. Nothing fases her boogey-man-wise, which is SO a plus for me :)
She is good on weight, may be a bit over.
So. Any good ideas to get her supple and 'on' the bit correctly? Here are some pics of her:
Here is her head:
My riding was absolutely HORRIBLE so I covered me up :)
I was barefoot too :P
More bad riding but you can see the horse:
I went on a trail ride once before I bought her and she was stellar. It was her FIRST real trail ride even!
Thanks and help. I'm trying to get her suitable to be a nice lesson horse someday.