Bit of background :) I am a teenager with Chez a 13.3hh Welsh cross 7 yr old. I have been riding since I was 5 or 6 and can walk trot canter gallop and jump pretty decently. I have no proper experience in getting horses into an outline, or more lateral type work. I go to a small pony club, I would say I have group lessons on my pony there about once a month.
Chez is very young for her age, and when I got her she could only do the basics. Now, probably due to my faults she has developed a few, rather major problems.
I got her 18 months ago (December time), and was very wary of pushing her, and I was then a nervous rider. We had a little bit of rearing and napping, but I got her going fairly sensibly and started jumping nicely. Her canter has always been quite fast, especially when jumping, but I think I was mistaken to believe it would slow down as she settled!
By the summer I was competing in 2'3"/2'6" jumping classes at local shows, and often placing.
Due to moving house she had most of the winter off, and I started seriously working her about 2 months ago. She has gone back to worse than when I first had her! She literally rodeos if she doesn't like something, everyone says they are amazed I stay on! I have mostly worked past this, by pure patience and letting it ride out. She is still a bit iffy sometimes going into canter though. She naps. A lot! I took her to a show last month and we got 4 refusals, the first 3 on seperate jumps all going away from the gate. The last refusal shouldn't really have been allowed but I tried the jump again (it was the last jump) and got her over it.
I am kind of at a dead end with what to do. I can't afford to go and have proper lessons, or get someone else to train her. I just wondered if anyone had any advice or had been in a similar situation.
Thanks, and sorry if its a bit long!