Kirsten Crafford Eventing | 1 Question | 3 Answers

What are your advices for a very forward going horse that is super tense when riding and very sensitive (she goes crazy if your legs touch her sides)?

What are your advices for a very forward going horse that is super tense when riding and very sensitive (she goes crazy if your legs touch her sides)?
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My pony was just like this and is still some days and is just starting to losen up and accept my leg. This is what worked for me and her; I really grew my bond with her and did a lot of bond exercises to get her to really trust me and know that I would never ever hurt her. Then slowly through circles I would apply my leg as a leg yield to support her through the turn. I just started slowly building up the amount of leg I used through the turns. This should also eventually help with getting her to lengthen her stride and get less tense. Hope it helps!
I use to lunge a horse with the stirrups down (tapping her sides) so that they got use to it
Try to relax her. Turn a lot make big, small circles but piles out and go over them in different ways. Basically do unexpected things so she has to think about a lot. And of course do a lot of half holts and if she doesn’t listen just stop her completely
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