I have a 15 year old Standardbred mare. I got her in late July from the standardbred retirement foundation. She has a dressage background and from what I can tell she hadn't been ridden on the trails much. My mom and I try and go out on the trails at least twice a week and she's always very good and loves every minute of it. We live in a very "hilly" area so it's not uncommon for us to go up an down hills when riding. Like I said, she is very good on trails except for one exception, she likes to rush down hills. If I use a lot of contact to prevent her from hurrying she will immediately leg yield to the right or left at the same speed to compensate for the pressure on her mouth. If I use a little contact she'll just barrel through all the half halts and race to the bottom of the hill. I'm really not sure what to do. I can handle her speed down a hill but I want to stop the behavior because I want her to be safe and I want other people to be comfortable riding her. Does anyone have any advice?
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