So overnight, I decided to put some western mileage on my 10 year old ottb mare. Both my mare and I are from a completely english background. She raced for a single season, had fifteen starts, never placed anywhere ahead of 7th. I've had her for almost 4 years now and we locally show 3'3"-3'6" jumpers. I'm more of a hobby rider rather than competitive so this is by no means meant to send me to the Calgary Stampede, it's solely just to expand her diciplines a wee bit
So can anyone explain to me the basics to introducing western pleasure? I'd just like to have her understand some neck reining and attempt to get a jog or lope out of her. Once I get the basics down, then maybe I'll introduce a bit more when we both understand a bit better.
She's ridden in a french link d-ring, has lots of 'go' but it's entirely controlable. She already moves well off your leg, responds great to light contact, but has your typical chestnut thoroughbred mare moments where she can be a bit snooty. Kissy/clucking chicken noises are a no go with her, she turns into the devil.
Thanks in advance! If you need anymore info let me know