I need some help with my mare who has been getting stronger lately and we think this is because she is using speed to compensate for her lack of balance.
She is not young ... she has just turned 10 and she was really quite well balanced until a few months ago. I have recently been getting lessons cos I felt my riding getting awful and was not enjoying my pony as much and realised all the faults with my riding. My instructor is literally amazing, but since we've been working on my positional faults to get the pony going better, she seems to have gotton faster and less balanced which is wierd. She finds it hard to carry herself straight around corners so speeds up and turns her head to the outside of the arena, and finds it very hard to canter in a circle without going EXTREMELYYY fast! I don't know why this has come on so quicjly (maybe it hasnt but it seems like it) but saw it really clearly when I lunged her today and noticed how she uses speed to compensate for her lack of balance!
I do not know what I can do to help .. I've been suggested to start lungeing and riding in a bungee to keep her head low and striaght and encourge her to use her back and build right muscles but don't know how effective this'll be. I also wanna keep riding but one of my hands is noticably stronger on the reins than the other (working on this with my instructor) and don't want this to hinder her balance.
Any ideas on what to do to help imrove her balance will be much appreciated as im finding it very difficult to ride her lately and want her balance back!! :) thanks guys