|Indiana 9 year old Tennessee Walker with 30
days Pro Training ridden in western bridle - wonder bit and western saddle
in pasture by long time rider - new at gaited
Question: My mare always wants to lead when we trail ride. When we aren't in the lead all she thinks about is getting to the front. She doesn't seem to pay any attention to the trail or to her gaits. When she leads her gait is very smooth and her behavior is great, but in back she will trot lope stumble ride the other horse to close and won't relaxe. I have to hold her back constantly. How can I get her to calm down and enjoy the ride at any position?
From Panelist Steve
This is a common problem and in my experience, there is no easy fix.
I think there are two ways to deal with this...easy and hard. The easy
Plan B(the hard way) is to announce to everyone that you have a problem
Stephen B. Chasko
From Panelist Erica
Practice playing Leap Frog while riding with another - this will give you the opportunity to have her in the back and in the front, yet she won't be stuck in one spot long enough to fight you the whole ride.
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