I train horses and was sent a nice little mare SIXTY days ago to "finish" on the pattern and start on poles. The owner bought her from a well known barrel racer in our area. The day she arrived it was a COMPLETELY different horse than I had been told about and seen in videos. I saw videos of this horse loping the pattern, not well but enough to pass as decent. Then I get on her and have to just about pull her face off to get a half way turn!
I went back to a Snaffle and put a heck of a handle on her, she'll tear up the barrel and pole pattern but when you have to turn right... she downright STRUGGLES to make it a turn. I'm completely convinced that she's hurting and the previous owner buted her up for videos and test rides until she sold her, and I've told the current owner this as well, but still wants her finished out.
Are there any exercises I could have missed that affects her turns? She couldn't pick up her left lead to save her life when she first arrived, that's fixed, she's super light in the face (unless she's trying to blow off a right turn), rollbacks, spins, flexes vertically and laterally, side passes, leg yeilds, counter arcs, great stop, lopes perfect circles...
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