I always leave a horse for an hour at least before work for digestive reasons as |
Much as psychological. You are new to her - and now you give her feed and won't let her eat it
Then she pulls back when you try to lead her. Maybe she is being a little cussed so as to say: "I don't want to play"
Most horses are more flexible to one side or the other. My own horse is more flexible to the left. The only way to free the horse up is to work her to the right to rebalance her. Lots of large circles to the right which become tighter as time goes on.
Personally I'd go back to using two hands because you'd lower your hands and shorten the right rein to bend her neck to the right but support her with the left. You can neck rein later when she is more flexible.
Then of course, you've got your legs and seat to turn her.
If you try to change too much early on in the relationship then she will resist.
How was she ridden by her previous owner - do you know?
I didnt feed her, she gets fed by the people where we board at.. she gets fed right before I come home from school, and when we go over there, she still has some food.
I have to ride her more than 2 a week, so I have to ride her after school sometimes, and I have no choice but to ride when she is being fed, as it gets dark soon.
She doesnt pull back when I lead her away from the food, she really doesnt mind, and she loves the attention.. but once I put the bridle on her, her ears go back and she looks like she is depressed or something.
The thing is, the circles we were doing was the size of half the arena, and this arena is huge, full size dressage arena. I mainly ride 2 hands as well, but she still doesnt turn well to the right when cantering.
By the previous owners, she was ridden neck reining one hand, reining and western pleasure, the owner wore spurs, but I tried those and I don't really like them ,and she responds better to me for now without them.
Thank you! :)