Got a rather complex question for ya'll. I have a 14-year-old mare
that my daughter rides. Lately, she's feeling too good for her own
britches and is acting too unruly for my comfort. She reared up with
my youngun this afternoon and that scared me. Although, I must say
the little one rode it like a champ, however, don't want her riding a
horse that does that stuff. She's also extremely stiff ... got a real
stocky, squatty quarterhorse build. She doesn't give hardly at all,
whether to the sides or back. She just stiffens her neck totally and
even I have a hard time with her, much less my 8-year-old.
Anyway, many of the trainers around here would simply put a slow twist
snaffle on her, tie her back, and soften her that way. With all the
stuff I've been reading in here, I feel there's gotta be someone out
there who could tell me how to soften this mare without tendering her
mouth, if possible. On the other hand, genetics could be against her
with her squatty build ... doesn't offer the most in flexibility.
That, coupled with her age and not having any knowledge on how she was
trained to begin with (we've only had her a year), leaves me a little
Question is whether to sell and find another mount for my daughter, or
to invest in some training time/$. Also need technique suggestions
(humane ones, of course).
Any info or suggestions would be appreciated!
Melissa "What do I do now?" Patton