I have a ginormous mare. That really is the only word to describe all 17.2 hands of her. She's the single sweetest horse I've ever met, but her size really intimidates some people. Now I am used to nearly having to jog along with her until she sets into a slow walk because she simply takes long steps. Every one else, on the other hand, thinks she is taking off on them and start freaking out. Then Harper (the mare) mopes around like she's just been crushed by the fact that she scared them. She's a very sensitive horse, very easy to get her confidence knocked down when it comes to people. She tries hard to get people to like her (she has been abused) and when they are scared of her, she tends to get a bit hovery because she wants to love on them to make up for it. I can say all of this in confidence because she is so human like it's amazing.
Anyway, how do I help with her strides? I just can't stand to see her look that depressed for an hour after someone other than me leads her anymore. That and jogging after her is getting old. She isn't walking fast, she just covers a lot of ground with each step. Any suggestions?
BTW, this is the mare in question standing next to one of the people she intimidates. Pic 1 Pic 2. Please excuse her condition in the pics, these were taken the day before we rescued her and brought her home. She looks a ton better. This is the best one I have of her since she came home with me. I cannot get a better one because she likes to try to eat the camera.