Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Hi, and welcome to the forum!
You say you've had her since 2, she is now 9 and you've ridden her on and off.. is there possible gaps in her learning?
If she starts it like a green horse, its probably because in that department she is green ;)
Keep working on your transitions, and keep working on them, as she gets strong in them, she'll hopefully start striking off her inside hind and engage more stomach and back muscles.
I was always taught that canter work, when not a strong canter, should never be on and on and on, you should do four, five maybe six strides, and bring them back to walk or trot. Again, get the trot working from behind, make her lift her back by engaging her with your legs, half halt on the outside rein, let her know something new is coming, and don't let her rush in to it.
If she rushes (you didn't describe too well what she does in the transition) she's pushing herself in to it, and probably due to lack of muscle tone.. so bring her back, slow your hip movement, and ask again.
With babys, in age or mind, or training, its important to have a really strong inside leg. Ask first, whip in place or your leg, then spur.. canter strides, whilst she's got the power, then bring her back, don't let her pull you out of the seat, or stretch long.
Kayty, anebel or Spyder may be able to give you more help and more in depth answers!