I think my horse is the most awkward thing ever. -__-
Her walk, is pretty darn slow and lazy. It's SO hard to get her really moving out at the walk. I can nudge and squeeze, but I can't stop squeezing. It has to be constant. Even then, there's really no extension, just more speed.
At the trot, it's generally a decent speed. Head kind of low. Never high, but not straight from her back, just a little higher.
Her normal stride is huge. Long back, with awkward legs. Silly Standardbreds.
I can get her to get a little more speed at the trot, but never fully extend, and when we get the speed going, her head will come up, not a lot, but it goes up.
Which isn't what I want, I want her to raise her back and use her butt ):
We do lots of circles! And I'm generally keeping my weight more to the outside, so she doesn't drop her shoulder. Our circles are mainly done with leg, but a little rein to keep it a straight and strong circle, not an oval.
Yes, I ride with contact, not a lot, but my reins aren't loose.
At the canter, her strides are SO tiny. Given she was born gaited, I think she has some problems cantering, but I can't use that as my excuse.
I can't get her to extend her stride, without her just going faster.
What the heck am I doing wrong? Or not doing?!
I desperately need help, and this was all probably majorly confusing, but thank you for taking the time to read this!!