Hi all, new to the forum so I hope this is in the right place!
I've started riding a Throughbred cross mare but recently I've found once tacked up she gets very hett up and once I've led her into the arena she wont stand still while I do up her girth and when she feels my weight in the stirrup she's off. She doesnt take off exactly but she does a rushed walk, half breaking into trot for a few minutes. I leave her on a long rein because as soon she feels contact she tries tossing her head and goes backwards.
I've tried asking people to walk with me while Im getting up and to hold her but tbh they just can't, because she'll jog on the spot, throw her head up or try go backwards and backwards is the very last thing I want.
I think its mainly down to excitement because before I started riding her (in October) she had been on grass for almost 2years but she wasnt as bad at the very start.
Also all her tack is fitting correctly and her teeth are fine so she isnt in any pain.
And also incase anyone asks I only ride her 2-3 times a week because im in school and can't get out and she wouldnt be rode any other times.
Sorry for the long essay and thank you in advance