Hey. I wanna ask you for some help. I am not much advanced rider and not horse trainer at all. Now I have a chance to ride pony mare, 7 years old. She's well trained, but, I would use word: "home-made"... She is just pony for joy, not competitions and so on... So, she turns right, if you ask her to turn right, but only by pulling the reins. She stops, but, again, only with pulling reins. The problem is that her owner doesn't have any money to put her into real training to some proffessional rider. I am her last chance. I wanna teach her how to use her back, how to turn, stop and so on without reins,... I wanna make her work with her back, make some muscles,... you know what ;)
I now try to teach her to stop, or to slow down only by my voice, and trying to ride on loose or at least long reins, turning on my weight and legs. About stopping, I can see a tiny improvement, but only at the corral, not in the terrain. She sees field and she rushes out... I am also trying to calm her down firstly only with my voice, but she seems not to hear, so I have to pull the reins... Yeah, she makes no probelms with stopping. She always stops if I ak her to. But I don't like riding this way... I know I am not the best man for it, but there is really no other chance.
I thought about lounging on solid chambon, later gogue. Cavalettes, and some tiny jumps. Teaching only on voice (walk, trot, canter, stop,...)
Some tips for me, please? I know I can go away and take some lessons anywhere else, but Lisa seems talented she enjoys riding, jumping and she has some "pep" (I hope my dictionary doesn't pull my leg ) to go forward. I think If she had been raised up in regular stable, she could have been wonderful pony for jumping and dressage even for small children.
I was introduced to her with words: "Be careful. She kicks at people she doesn't know," and these kind of sentences. And really, our first meetings she only shrieked at me, I couldn't even groom her. Under saddle she was a bit wild, but OK to ride... And now? I know her for three months and she stands still while grooming, gives me all 4 hooves to clean, takes bridle with no problems and on our way home from trail, she isn't wildly cantering only to get home-the sooner, the better... I think I've done good work, but now, I am out of ideas...