My mare can have a really nice slow relaxed jog carrying herself nicely but she is still not very broke at all at the canter/lope. Well she don't lope she canters sometimes faster than a normal canter almost like a hand gallop. Anyways, I have probably cantered her about 10 times total within the past month and she has gotten better but she is still really fast. What are some things I can work on with her to get her more relaxed and slow her down a bit?
She is still pretty sensitive to my legs which I'm workig on with her but its taking time.
She also gets hyper after we are done cantering and tries to do her prancing jog afterwards.
This is what I have been working on her while cantering:
So far all cantering has been done in large circles in the arean and maybe on the rail for a split second. I will canter her about 5 large circles then start working on stop, back, walk to canter again and do that several times. She jsut seems really stiff at first. As she starts to get tired she will drop her head and slow down a bit. But I have to use more rein then leg with her at this point.
Please help with some suggestions to get a nice easy canter and lope. We will be showing starting in Sept. I probably will not show her in w/j/l for now and just stick to w/j but I need to work on this :)
Thanks for the help