Some Issues with my new mare
So far, my new mare Juliet has been much more work than I really expected. However, I do not want to just give up on her, like alot of her prevous owners have done. When I first got her around a month ago, she'd race around the ring. Now I have gotten her to stay are a more consistant pace, and shes relaxed some. One main issue I'm having with her is she cannot stand you touching her mouth. She tosses her head and resists the pressure. (we checked with the vet, theres no teeth issues) I started on the ground, using 1 rein and turning her head in towards her shoulder, and holding until she releases. Shes gotten that down fine now, and I can do that under saddle too. Shes actually now ok with contact on circles, and serpintines, but as soon as we are on the rail, she starts up again. I have her in a snaffle, with small rings in the mouth piece. Its not a twisted, hmm It's just like as if it had rings around it? (ha, sorry made no since) Also, alot of times, when I pick up the contact after a loose rein walk, she immediantly tenses up. I usually work on some circling to settle her. At the canter, she is constantly trying to buck (no health issues) so I have to keep her head a little higher than I'd like, and keep her foward. Circling at the canter is pretty hard, because if she slows, she'll use it and try to buck. Ultimatly, in the spring we'd like to start her over fences, but if we to right now-I my, not a pretty sightt. Thanks guys!