Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
That works. But the problem might not be having her sides touched but rather having a rider how is touching her sides.
I'd work a lot with trust, show her you don't mean her any harm, spend a little extra time grooming her, take her out to hand graze for a few minutes. And no, I don't mean stop riding her, just do all this as well.
Also, if you are able to ride out her bucks without getting unraveled or dropped, just keep riding very, very softly. Use your breathing a lot. And instead of using your legs, use your seat. For example, take a deep breath in and as you exhale, tighten your back and seat and tummy muscles, close your fingers, and try to restrict the movement of the horse underneath you. The goal here is to stop. Then when you take your next deep breathe in, relax all those muscles you just tightened, the goal being for her to walk on.
Good luck! Whens she comes around, she'll be a great mount!
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