I am in need of some advice for my 15 year old Morgan/Frisian Mare! She is a western pleasure horse who I have ambitions to train to be a cutting horse. Problem is, she refuses to lope/canter/gallop. I give her light leg cues, then increase the pressure. If after a few steps she ignores the cue, I take my spur and apply very light pressure, and if she ignores it then I kick her very lightly with them. I take care not to be violent with my cues and to not be frustrated. When I do see myself getting frustrated. I stop her, I take a few deep breaths, do lateral flexations for a few minutes, and then try again. I ride in a mecate headstall as you can tell by the profile picture, and with it is a lead rope with a leather popper on the end. This weekend I asked her to go into a trot using only vocal commands, and she listened. But as soon as I ask for a lope/canter, she ignores all cues. I lightly used the popper after trying verbal and leg cues, and she crow hopped. Being that she is a draft mix, it felt abrupt and more than a crow hop. She throws her head down and basically gives me the middle finger. I watch Clinton Anderson videos, my boss is Scott Depaolo.
My fellow wranglers tell me that if she crow hops, that I should keep driving her forward and keep her head up when she tries to lower it, but so far the most I have been able to do is keep her head up when she lowers it, but she still manages to throw her feet up in some way. I understand she is trying to tell me she doesn´t want to, but I am trying to tell her I want her to. It is not asking too much of her, and I know she is more than capable of doing it.
I have also taken into consideration that someone might say to have a vet examine her. There are multiple vets who are wranglers on the ranch, and they each have said that she is perfectly sound and has excellent confirmation, she also just had new shoes put on, no signs of thrush or arthritis either.
What can I do ease into the transition that I am not doing, and what might she be trying to tell me/ what am I doing wrong?
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