Ok I just got back my very first pony who I broke myself aged 14 because I thought I knew best(you can see where this is going already!!)
Sooo I rode her today just to see what issues we have! With my instucter gone until September this is left totally to me and no one really reliable on the ground!
No im not saying all these problems are her they could also be me which is likely!! Id like a hand to improve both of us but concentrating on exercises for her becuse I can feel her and correct her with out my eyse on the ground but its harder to correct me.
Firstly- She doesnt go straight like we wobble constantly its like there is not a straight bone in her body even on hacks she is all over the trail.
Secondly- When training her I thought halt meant pull back on your reins and force them to stand still(the naievety of youth is great yet still haunting me!!) Well no when I ask her to halt she sticks her head out and sideways and crosses her jaw to avoid the bit, she also shifts her rear to stand sideways. Wearing a grackle flash etc is not an option on her as she is a "mouthy horse" anyway.
Third- SHe likes to work long and low but I rather her to work up into the bit and be more powerful from behind. Does it really matter if she works in a lower outline if she has power?
Fourth- once I ask for canter she instantly starts to speed up and moves out of the contact. Her back begins to hollow also( THis is due to me enjoying top score and galloping with friends when I was younger) When I try to correct her now she does this trot movement in front and canter behind not exactly what you want.
Also is four days schooling, one day pole work or jumping and one either hacking or fast work be an ok kind of schedule or should I be doing more schooling?
If anyone has any idea how to make even slight improvements to her it would be great.