Hello, I have been working with Fay, a 7 year old tb, for three weeks. She is green broke; she has had ground work in the past and has been ridden very little. Her owner offered her to me to work...otherwise, she has been a pasture ornament for 3 or 4 years.
I have been lunging her (on a line) at the walk and trot so far. Monday, I asked for the canter going left. She is very left handed and did pretty well at the canter. Then when I asked her to move right, she took a few steps, turned, and trotted left again. I stopped her and asked her to go right again. She did the same thing, took a few steps right and suddenly turned and took off left. I did finally get her to walk in a small circle right and quit for the day.
Today I was just going to go back to walk/trot. But the same thing happened. Left, her easy way, is fine. Right she will start off fine but turn left on her own. Is there anything I can do besides running at her to keep her from turning? I don't really feel safe doing that, and it hasn't really worked. I don't want to get run over! I ended today by anticipating the sudden turn and getting her to halt before she moves left. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.