My horse is bad with hills- what do I do?
My pony isn't very good at going down hills. She was great on the flat ground and UP hills (worked with her today, got her going nicely) but near the end of our ride, I tried walking her down a quite steep grass hill. She was reluctant but I was persistent in making her walk on. Anyway, she started veering off the mown track away from the fence line and into the long grass. I would not have minded had she stayed near the track, but she kept walking sideways. Each time I put my leg on and tightened the right rein, she would toss her head heaps and keep walking sideways again. So I kept trying to get her back on the track. She kept ignoring my cues and tossing her head lots. Then the cattle ran down the other side of the fence, and she tried to canter down the hill. So I stopped her, talked to her, and tried circling her to get back on track. She stopped and repeatedly tossed her head, then had a bit of a jump in the air (no bucking, just a bit of a hump) then turned and cantered off with me to the top of another hill that was diagonal to the hill I was trying to ride her down. I am not a great rider, so was a bit nervous then. I got off and told Dad to ride her down once to let her know she wasn't getting away with that. He did, but she was tossing her head and veering left for him too. He got her down and back up with repeated stopping and heaps of persistent cues to go right, but wasn't real pleased with her behaviour.
Please help me and tell me some ideas of what to do. Also, she should be used to hills as she has done XC before. She is veering into the long grass, not away from it, which is strange.
ADVICE IS MUCH APPRECIATED! :)
Last edited by Delta Dawn is my girl; 09-07-2014 at 05:37 AM.
Reason: forgot to mention something-sorry!