I have had my 8 year old QH mare for about 18 months. I had little to no confidence when I first started on her. When I went out on trails I would let her get away with bad behavior because I was afraid if I corrected her she would buck or rear. After awhile I began to trust her more and tried to begin to correct her. Mostly she did as I asked. I changed bits after advice from a friend and got better response from her.
I still wanted to improve my skills so I began to take lessons with a friend. One of my horses main issues is that she get buddy sour on the trail. She will focus on a horse usually my friends mare and she has to be by her. She will threaten to or kick another horse that get to close. She also will spook with no warning aand once dumped me. She gets really excited if we go out with new horses. The trainer was having me work on this by making me work at a walk going in opposite direction of my friend and many times she would ride her own horse by at a walk or trot.
The thing is that my friend taking lessons (we've been going for a couple of months) is trotting circles doing patterns etc while I just walk my horse around the arena. I'm getting bored and I think my horse is too. I also feel like my friend gets more coaching.i have learned some things mainly that I ride with my reins to loose so I don't have time to turn her away or stop her if she misbehaves. I told my trainer I want to take a break for a couple of weeks but really am undecided if I should continue. My friend loves lessons but I much prefer to be out on the trail.
What do you think?
Also between lessons I was trail riding and did see some improvement.