Help with my hackamore
In my quest to try anything to improve Ellies behaviour, I have taken away the bit. I have only ever ridden in a hackamore on one other horse and im not sure if Ellie has ever been ridden in one, id guess not. I understand how it works etc but im not sure how to judge Ellies behaviour. I found I had to ride with a lot longer rein than usual or she would start throwing her head, also she was fairly reluctant to canter. I had a few attempts yesterday and by the last she was going nicely, tried again tonight and got pretty much the same. When I first asked for canter she threw her head and sort of bounced around, then as soon as I dropped my contact a little she was ok. I figure that she doesnt like being ridden in it on a short rein but im concerned about my reins being too long. Do you think I could have sub consciously tensed when asking and this has what has upset her? Is it normal to ride slightly differently?
On the plus side, I got some effortless half halts from the slightest squeeze and found absolutely no problems with downwards transitions. She steers pretty much from the leg anyway but I was a little aprehensive about my brakes still! Im hoping to go on a short hack tommorow evening but I just want to make sure im not mis interpreting things.