Okay great COTH dressage gurus...thoughts?UPDATE, new ???
My mare has been in training for the last 60 days to be sold as a hunter. He went home for Christmas, so I'm pitch hitting for the next couple of days. :lol:
Background..I've had her since she was 3 months old. When I look back to this photo (and nope, it wasn't photoshopped) at age four, I think why, can I not repeat this. This was a trainer who had her in training a few years ago.
When I got on her yesterday and today, I could tell what an awesome job the trainer has been doing because she feels so strong. But even he said before he left, that she still wants to dive down on the forehand and run...instead of rocking back (heck, she has to learn this as a hunter too, unless she wants to take down all the fences. :lol:). Since I've had the luxury of riding my schoolmaster in many lessons this month....I felt a little more knowledageable since the last time I rode her (October)...I could feel the issue was straightness. She will avoid coming into the bridle by wiggling any which way she can. Once I had her straight and on the outside rein..she was using herself much better. We started cantering and I could feel her sitting back as much as she can (she is croup high), but still could not get her soft in the bridle.
Here's the two things that are driving me nuts.
1. She could care less about stretching long and low...that is a fight to the finish...all she wants to do is wiggle, look around, anything but submit and reach over her back. She is much softer when she is asked to come UP instead of down....do I worry that our stretchy warmup isn't as productive that I like. I feel like I'm cheating since this part of the puzzle is never completed.
2. It drives me nuts, I can get her to use her body, but still cannot get her soft in the bridle.
And a side note...teeth were done last month, just had the chiro look at her, saddle does fit, she does have a full time trainer.
Granted, I know I have her for sale, but this puzzle drives me insane. She does try, and she does work hard....but just will not give in the bridle.
I tried on her on Lubrisyn for 10 days, trainer didn't see any difference so I took her off. She does lock her right jaw....I almost wonder if she could have a jaw issue...but the chiro that just looked at her is VERY thorough and found nothing conclusive.
I'm not asking her to passage and piaffe, just make connection.
I've tried every trick in the book that I know of....anything worth trying (not interested in gadgets).