05-27-2010, 08:51 PM
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Hahahaha, she sounds EXACTLY like mine. However, there's a different reason for the jigging - lately, mine has taken to walking beautifully on the way out (with or without a companion) and then trying to bolt for home and basically jigging under a stranglehold the entire way and even resorting to leaping and bucking to try and get her head. I can ride her bareback with a loose halter in an arena, and she's pro. She's always been a jiggy mare, but this recent development with trying to bolt home is just ridiculous.
What SEEMS to be working are one rein stops. We've gone on several trail rides now, and she's asked to walk home on a loose rein. The minute she tries to jig or trot off, I immediately crank her nose to my knee and let her spin until she stops. She is not allowed to remove her nose from my knee until she stands for a minimum of 5 seconds and waits for me to ask her to walk on.
We turned a 45 minute trail ride into a 2 hour ride doing this. She'd get about three steps in and promptly start to jig or trot off. We spent 90% of the ride home doing nose to knee spins. Eventually, the spins got smaller and smaller because as soon as I pulled her nose to my knee, she'd stop and wait.
It's much the same because when she gets that excited to go home, she stops listening to me entirely. She's made my hands bleed before from fighting to control her (I ride her in a snaffle).
Anyway, the last two trail rides have been ace. We did the 45 minute ride with three other people, and she walked in a loose rein the entire way home without once trying to jig. And yesterday we rode for about two hours, and even after doing some trotting and cantering (which usually jazzes her up), she walked nicely on the way home. Anytime she got to "quick", I'd jingle my reins and say "easy" and she'd pay attention.
Best of luck!