Originally Posted by Sunflower15
Also about her leads, on the ground she will take the left lead right away. When going to the right, at first she takes the left lead but then once I work with her she will switch to the right lead in the front but still has the left in the back. I have heard this is because she doesnt have enough impulsion, but she is on a long line. Also going to the left she isnt that cranky and doesnt put her ears back, but going to the right when I ask for the lope she does and gets really cranky.
Any tips or comments??? I just don't know where to go from here in her training as of now.
As others have said - first rule out pain. If that means having a vet check, do it. Otherwise, no other amount of work you do is going to really help her. Rule out pain, saddle fit issues, etc. before anything else.
Some horses are just really weak going in one direction, so you need to help her build strength and balance in that "bad" direction as well.
Remember that SPEED and IMPULSION are not
the same thing.
I have seen a lot of "fast" horses that are heavy on the forehand and their rear legs are more of an afterthought. They don't balance themselves or use their hindquarters. . .and having all their weight on the forehand really frees up the hindquarters to buck.
I really don't like the idea of making the horse stop when it misbehaves. It doesn't need to stop, it needs to find something more productive to do with its hindquarters besides bucking. It needs to learn how to move more forward. Not FAST
, but balanced. If the hindquarters are engaged in moving the body forward
, they can't be going up in the air.
But. . .again, rule out pain.