SO BEFORE I go any further I am having a vet come out to check my mare out. I am just trying to figure out the best date to schedule a visit.
But anyway, I've been working with my dear Vedra for a year now but have only had access to good facilities for around 6 months.
She was a rescue that came with no history except a scare on her left hind cannon bone and she is now about 13 Years-old.
She is sound at the walk/trot -- I can say we have about 80% of a solid trot. She accepts contact, stretching into it, I can feel her using her back but as soon as I ask for the canter she becomes incredibly discombobulated. She hollows her back and races around the arena as if she forgot everything we had just accomplished. I try to be extremely conscientious of my seat/position so that I am not falling forward or throwing her off balance. I don't clench the reins but I do keep some contact but they are relatively loose when I ask for the canter. I try to encourage her to stretch down but I am afraid of doing more harm then good.
When I lunge her, the canter is also a little strange. It's better than it originally was now that she has much more muscle but I am afraid there is a physical issue going on from an old injury.
Interestingly enough, sometimes I work her over low cross rails and ground poles just to change it up especially since likes it apparently, for instance, I would trot over a cross rail that was maybe 1' and ask for the canter upon landing and she would pick it up quite easily and she DID NOT race around the arena. I was also in two-point so maybe me not being on her back helps?
ANyway, any thoughts?