So Chloe is continually getting confused with my basic aids and anticipates things. Like for example, if we canter then go back to trot. If I ask her to move forward more at the trot, she canters. If I do the same exact cue BEFORE we canter, she'll respond by moving forward more. She just thinks that after we canter, that's all we're going to do for the rest of the time. Same goes for walking. As soon as I pick up the reins she tenses up and waits for what she thinks is going to happen; trot.
So to reinforce basic rein/leg aids, we're starting from the beginning.
I've been doing walk/halt for the past two days and she is fine in like the first two halts, but then she starts dancing. When she starts dancing I wait and calmly say "ho" until she stops. Then we go back to where I initially asked her to stop and do it again. It usually takes at least 10, 15 minutes to get a good halt where I initially asked for it. Once she gets a good halt, she gets a big praise so she knows she did good. I CANNOT crank on her for doing this or else it gets worse. For example, If she starts backing up I can't give her rein and squeeze with my legs. If I do, she will back up faster and eventually leap forward into a canter or trot. Same thing happens when she swings her butt out into the inside. I can't put leg pressure on my inside leg without her getting 10x worse.
It sounds a lot like a respect issue but she's an angel for groundwork. I can crank on her on the ground and she'll respond immediately. It's a whole nother story when I'm on her back.
She has no pain issues, and i'm a very quiet rider.