At work, I have a 10 y/o TB mare that is used for intermediate riders in our lesson program. She has always been a bit picky about her rider, but lately she has been coming to a dead stop in the middle of a trot and refusing to go forward. Sometimes she'll back a few steps, other times she'll act like she'll buck (though I've yet to see her do it).
I worried this was something that just started happening all of a sudden, but after talking to past trainers, they said she would do the same thing. It has gotten to the point now I do not use her for lessons.
I'm willing to work with the mare but struggle to find time as I ride and train daily at our show barn in addition to teaching at our lesson barn. I do lunge her when I have an opportunity, and she has no problem trotting and cantering.
If anyone has dealt with something similar and would like to share their experiences, it would be very appreciated!
Thanks for reading!
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