The title of this post pretty much sums up Jetta - stolen from L.Williams comment on Checkmark's blog :)
As soon as I say something like "Jetta is being so good! We could go do a nice first level test..." she ends up being a complete and total brat.
Monday was an awful ride. She didn't want to listen one bit to anything I had to say. We couldn't go forward in a relaxed manner, we couldn't slow down, transition were awful, we couldn't bend, her head was all over the place, leg yields were non-existent, she was on her forehand and when I asked for a halt she wouldn't stand still. It was a nightmare.
I got so frustrated and ended up not really feeling like I "fixed" any of the issues we were having, just made them worse. Today, I went out to the barn with a game plan - I'd lunge in side reins so she'd get all her pulling nonsense out of the way. I'd do a long warmup at the walk to get her paying attention, then I'd have a short ride where all I wanted was for her to be soft.
It worked! It helped that I actually "rode" her too, instead of just fighting with her. I need to make sure to take a step back, take a break during our ride and think about what's happening and how to fix it. Or probably better yet, get off and think about it until the next day.
At least I felt like one thing from yesterday helped - standing still. She always shifts around in the halt. If I'm lucky, she'll wait to shift until after my salute in the test, but sometimes she moves before then and I get marked down. She's not wanting to actually move, she just picks her feet up for no reason. I had enough of it last time we rode so every time she moved the slightest bit backwards I kicked her forward into a trot for a couple strides and had her halt again, or moved her backwards every time she stepped forwards. Seemed to work pretty well as she stood almost perfectly still every time I asked for it.
Sometimes I wonder why I put all this work and money into her, but I really do love this knot head.