So I have a 10 year old Quarter Horse x Standardbred...her name is Jessie. She was professionally trained by VH (Van Hessen I think its spelt) but I want to teach her better leg pressure.... My mom wants me to ride her in a bit (I ride her in a halter) but the only problem is somebody who had her before us was so hard on her mouth she has scars on her left side, and I don't like coming into contact cause she'll throw her head and I'm afraid of hurting her .
Okay so she knows leg pressure a little bit... but only when something is in her way... I ride Western if it makes any difference
For example...I put her in front of the house, so she has no choice to go anywhere but left or right. She knows leg pressure in this situation, like left means go right and right means go left, and I tested this too. I asked her to go left by applying pressure her to right, and she went left. However, afterwards, its like she doesn't know anything (from the leg when it comes to going directions, she knows a small kick/squeeze from both legs = go faster)..
How can I teach her better leg pressure so she'll go in directions by cues from the leg, and not just when I put her in front of the house? When I walk or have her go faster I have to come into contact with her mouth to get her to change directions (I have very soft hands and she has a soft mouth, all I have to do is point the reins in the direction...but I hate using a bit because of her scars in the left side of her mouth)...
Can leg pressure be taught from the ground? I love doing groundwork since I'm not in the mood to ride this month.... Is it possible to use a whip to teach her better? Like say I take the whip, make contact in the area, and have her move away from the pressure.... example I make contact on her left side with the whip and keep applying pressure every 3 seconds until she moves away from the pressure....Hopefully transferring it under saddle....Left side pressure means move away and go to the right...
I'm sorry if this doesn't make any sense but I hope y'all understand what I'm asking
Please help :)