Lateral flexion question
I have recently started riding again and have a 7 yr old mare (just acquired her this past year) that hasn't been ridden much the last couple of years. I know, not a good choice, but the price was right. Her previous owner had gone through the Parelli level one stuff with her and she seems to be real respectful. I'm trying to get more consistant with working with her several times a week. Have been working on lateral flexion and on the ground she is getting really soft, bends her head over with the slightest pressure. However, when I'm in the saddle (or bareback) I have to literally drag her head from side to side. I don't seem to be making any progress. I'm using a rope halter in both cases. Do I just need to keep practicing in the saddle?