I’ll start off by describing my situation. I have a medium pony mare who is 12, and she has had some time off. I have only had her for a few years and have been in contact with her first owner, so I know that she came from a rough start, but not sure of her training in the in between years. I was told when I got her that she had some dressage training and had done some jumping, but since I have had her she hasn’t had much regular work. Most of the riding I do is hacking out and trail riding, and minimal ring work - my goal is not to show, just to have a safe and relaxed mount.
When I have ridden her, she gets hot when you put contact on the bit and ask her to stay at a slower pace, throwing her nose in the air. I have had luck by keeping her focused on what I am asking, as long as letting jumping isn’t involved. (Have had teeth and chiro look at her, so no physiological problems). Whenever jumping she melts down, rushing the jumps as fast as she possibly can and fights to take control from the rider, and remains hot for the rest of the ride. She loves to jump and is not fearful of the obstacles, but she tries to get around the course as fast as she can with her nose to the clouds when you try to control her striding.
I would like to restart her, and have started out with lunging. I would like to go back to basics with her and go from there. I have experience with starting young horses, but have never restarted a previously “broke” horse. Any tips on where I should start or what to work on to get her to be “less hot”, if that’s even possible. Help!
Update: I have cut out her grain, and lunge work has been going really well and we are having relaxed rides at a walk in the ring (doing lots of circles, and working off the leg).
No negative posts please, I am looking for advice, and open to all types of horsemanship.