Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
First, I REALLY like your mare! She has impulsion and carries her weight very well, and even though bracing against the bit, she is travelling at the posting trot speed UPhill. These as training aspects that many people have to work hard to achieve, so you don't have to.
Regarding yourself, here is what I suggest:
1) MY PET PEEVE: TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN YOUR PANTS!!! You will be sitting on it, and you don't need that to deal with. Plus, it is just neater. (I'm surprised that your previous instructor let you get away with that, bc I wouldn't have.)
2) Either take your saddle to a babysitter horse, or put it on the fence, drop your legs straight down and readjust your stirrups to sit where the BOTTOM of the stirrup iron rests just below your ankle BONE. This is average setting for an English Stirrup. Pay attention to where your foot is just hanging. You should not be able to see any more than the tip of your boot, looking down over your knee. If you see more while riding, you are sitting in a chair seat.
3) If it helps give you more security, ride this horse with a Western saddle. The horse never cares which saddle you use, as long as it doesn't pinch or rub.
4) DRILL the whoa into this horse. If she doesn't listen the first time, pull her head to the side and deMAND it. She is really cruising along and every time you turn it looks jerky as if she doesn't care which direction she moves as long as she can continue to go fast.
5) You CAN train a young horse with a bit. Many here prefer a French Link Snaffle, which is mild.
6) When a green horse shakes his/her head, they are telling you "No, I DON'T want to do this!"
When a more seasoned horse shakes his/her head, they are telling you, "I don't understand how to do what you want."