Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I know it probably sounds counter intuitive, but if she's fine in other respects I'd start taking her out, asking for a canter on long, straight perhaps slightly uphill sections with a loose rein. And just riding it. Get used to her strides, get used to slowing, and speeding up. Often a canter can feel too forward in an enclosed area because you're fast approaching the end and have to start preparing for a corner, balancing them etc. Out in a straight line, well that doesn't matter so much. Once you're confident riding her canter, you'll be confident in riding her around corners, in asking for a shorter canter, or a longer one.
For arena work I'd work on doing lots of transitions and circles. When I ask for a canter I'd ask it coming out of a corner, letting her go down the stretch and coming back to a trot or walk before the end, doing a few circles, then moving up to the canter again. Once she's used to the idea she's not going to be tearing around, and they'll be changes coming, she'll start coming back to you, and you'll start feeling better about it.