I rode Jazz the other day and she did better than I expected. She was stubborn yes but didn't take a lot of motivation to get her to go. She wouldn't neck rein and she does know how so we went to plow reining instead. Turning left she did really well, but when it came to turning right (direct rein) she wouldn't at all. She would toss her head repeatidly and back up. So I got off and did the one rein stop exercises on the ground to try to soften her up on the right side. She was definitely more resistant on the right. Got back on after she was giving more on the ground on the right and she still tossed her head. If I pulled my hand way out she would turn right with some fighting, but not as much and at least she did turn right. Otherwise she would do the back-up thing. We're supposed to ride her again this evening. We saddled her and Sugar up yesterday and rode Sugar but the used leather saddle we'd put on Jazz litterally ripped apart where it connects to the cinch, so we didn't ride Jazz and that saddle is junk now. We were going to ride her anyway, just swap saddles but we had some people drop by and never got around to it.
Anyway, tonight we're planning to ride Jazz and see what my husband thinks of her. If she does the same thing could it be she's confused or stiff? She use to neck rein before my friend got her which is what my husband is more use to anyway.
I thought Sugar did great last night and would be a good match for my husband. He wants to see about Jazz and go from there. He hasn't been on the horses as much as me yet so he's still learning what he's looking for I think. Anyway, I wanted to use the leather saddle on Jazz because it has the widest gullet and she's a round quarter horse. Which ever one stays we'll be getting a better fitted saddle for. I know Jazz acts like this no matter what saddle is on her apparently since she was real stubborn before with a really nice saddle that fit her to a T. I thought about trying her with just a halter to see if she'd respond to the right a bit more. She doesn't like that horse trailer she was brought down here in and I wonder if she strained a muscle or something in it. She did get a little cut on her hip from the trailer. She's use to a stock trailer and was in a narrow 2 horse. Now that its been a week she might not be sore if that was what the problem was too. When I rode her at my friend's she didn't have a problem turning. I just don't remember now if she neck reined with me or not, I just don't recall.