Hey guys! I am currently training my OTTB filly how to jump. I bought her this year in April, and I have trained her from the ground up. This is the first horse I am training on my own and I am only sixteen. I am having a lot of trouble with her canter. My arena is very small and slightly sloped, which is problematic while training... Since she is off the track, she has the drive to run...
What are some techniques/exercises I can try to get her to slow her canter (every time I try she breaks to a trot), and get her on the correct lead?
ALSO, I have been jumping her over VERY small jumps (due to her young age) and initially, she jumped decently, but now she completely flattens her neck over the jump (is this a flaw or not?) And she completely ignores the bit, tosses her head, and bolts at the jump. She'll also knock over poles and when she's lazy she'll barely make the effort to jump. I completely understand that she is only a baby and is learning, but my question is how can I fix this? And would it be a better idea to master all three gaits before jumping?
Please do not criticize me as I am learning how to train my own horse and myself (I have never been under training - I watch videos and read books).