Hey everyone !
So I've been riding my filly with no help from my ground person for a couple of weeks and I can't figure this one out.
I don't know the english terms so i will try to explain the best I can.
My question here is about helping her to travel with her right side on the inside of the pen. I have the exact same problem working her from the ground.
Here's the video of my "problem" from the start to approx 2.25
This was our first time really riding at a trot (I had tested her reaction the previous session on just a few strides), the goal was to walk the small side, trot smoothly the long side and have balance in the transitions.
First pass is fine, second pass she's a bit tense but i'd count it as ok and then my problem is when I want to travel in the other direction.
- I see two main problems : 1] the hedge seems to be bothering her (both directions); 2] travelling this direction is a problem for her even at a walk.
- I notice her ears staying back almost the whole time travelling the second direction, she also looks like she fighting the bit (?, it felt like it riding)
- I also notice that on the other side of the field it's really hard to keep her at a trot, there's no smoothness in the second direction, she trips, her head is really high, she looks at my friend on the ground, from the saddle it felt really difficult to move her forward that direction
In the saddle, I think I only change the side I have my stick on because that would push her even further from the hedge if I kept it on her left. I do have to push harder with my voice/clucking to get her to go.
I still have to work on my hands position obviously.
Can you tell me if you see other stuff that I don't see or realise i'm doing that might be a problem for her ?
And, do you have suggestions to help me help her with that other than just repeat good outcomes travelling this direction ?
I don't know if that's useful information but I generally walk her from her left side and I've always started introducing "scary" stuff on that side too.
When we worked on steering at a walk she also had trouble turning to her left but none at all to her right.
Trouble going both directions
Hey everyone !