We acquired an 8 year old mare a few weeks ago that hadn't been ridden in 4 years. She is sweet as can be.
I have started doing ground work with her in a round pen for a refresher. Lunging with saddle and bit (O ring snaffle with sweet iron). She does great.
Started riding her. 1st time she wanted to jog and bounce around, stuck to the round pen and worked on stops mainly.
2nd ride she was neck reining and very calm. Good stops ect. So I tried going out of the round pen. She did fine at first then got upset when I wanted to go where she didn't.
She is trained for barrels with a very speedy pedigree. My thought is to go slow, slow and not think about speed. Go back to the round pen for a while.
Trainer wants to let her run and get it out of her system.
Any thoughts? Both ways seem feasible but my gut says to stay with my plan.