I have just started taking lessons on a chestnut mare! I have been thinking of her as “sorrel,” because she is a western-trained horse and she has a flaxen mane. She is also sweet, and does not seem at all mare-ish.
But technically she is still a chestnut mare!
How can I, a lower-level onetime dressage student, teach an aged chestnut-in-sorrel-clothing mare anything at all about dressage? She and my trainer are teaching me some western aids, and I ride her in a plain single-joint snaffle.
What can I do to make her happy with me on her back?