Thank you so much! That helped so much. I haven't jumped at all this week and we have been working on relaxing. I got her stretching into the bridle and you could actually see (from the ground) her back moving and swinging. She gets a little distracted sometimes and ten I have to do a circle to get her back, but it's a huge difference. I also started leg yields and she did it the first try both directions. Wierd mare- I can't get her to yield her shoulders on the ground, but it's no problem when I'm riding her... I have a combined test this weekend (18 inches division), but after that, I'm going to really focus on dressage. The problem with me is that I need a constant flow of things to work on. Once I get a good day where she does what I want, then I say "This is easy, lets go do something more fun... like jumping". To me dressage is actually quite boring
As an eventer I KNOW I need to do it, but it's just more fun to jump sometimes. After I get her relaxed, on the bit, and a little slower, what else is there to work on? I can do leg yields/half passes and shoulder/haunches in, but apart form that- I don't know how to ask for extended/collected.