I have this little mare that I've been working with on reining.... I do go to a pro guy who helps me out but right now he's busy building a house and rehabilitating a horse so I hate to bother him too much. Plus it's miserably cold outside and I have school so I'm not going to be riding a ton. I'm just curious as to what I should do here.
My mare is really soft in the face, bends at the poll, gives to the bit... It's just when I ask her to back up she gets really sticky and just over-collects and leans back on her haunches but doesn't move her feet. I've tried using my legs in every way I've thought to move her back... Doesn't help. Light spurring on her shoulders helped some but I hate to have to resort to that. I've even started not asking her to back much because I don't want to get into a fight with her. She backs fine on the ground. I'm thinking it's me. Something I'm doing wrong or giving her conflicting cues, but I'm stumped. Kissing, clucking, kicking, squeezing, you name it, I've tried it. I hate to pull on her face, too, because she's so soft in the mouth usually. I feel like I have heavy hands when I have to do that just to get one step back out of her.
Anyway. I'm stumped. Since she usually has so much try and want to, and she was backing like a dream about 2 weeks ago, I don't know what's up here. Could it be pain? Or is it just that she's being lazy and trying to get out of it? I dunno. Opinions? Thanks in advance!