OTTB getting harder to slow down
Sorry, this is a bit of a novel.
My mare is a 10 year old OTTB, and her last owner basically ran her bareback on trails for 5 years. Needless to say, she doesn't have much experience with the concept of 'stop'.
Nobody around my barn has much OTTB experience, so I was wondering what's the best way to slow her down? She's obviously had time to come down from being on the track, but the fast paced mindset was reinforced in her last home, making it even more difficult to get rid of.
I've been slowing my post and doing frequent half-halts, and when warming up and cooling out, asking her for halt transitions and then making a big fuss when she stops and stands. Any reduction in pace gets a big reward. This usually works pretty well for me, I've done this before with younger OTTBs.
However, she's starting to get really heavy, more so than she was when she first arrived, and she's recently started bucking...
Since I just got her, she's been seen by a vet recently, had her teeth floated, gotten new shoes, and had her feet trimmed, all with no problems.
I'm not saying I'm the most qualified person for the job, but I'm all she's got. Any help and/or criticism would be appreciated. Thanks!
<3 Bee, 12 year old bay OTTB mare