Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
My 4 year old was EXACTLY the same this year. EXACTLY.
Just now, she's starting to figure out how to use herself at a lope, but it's almost as much work for me as it is for her!!
I have to really sit deep, breathe and drive with my seat. She needs contact at the lope, or else she gets a little outta hand, but I just have to REALLY follow her mouth with my hands, and eventually (a few circles) she'll start to calm down, slow down and start using herself.
I've tried a lot of the typical "cruise control" methods, and they only really helped with her trot, so I figured it must be a ME issue. It was. I was riding her lope WAY too forward and since she's a very forward horse, all I was telling her with my body was to go. The real problem was that I made her nervous, so her lope was a mess. But now that I'm figuring her out, she's just being an angel.
"all I ever dreamt about was makin' it; they ain't giving it, I'm taking it"