I feel pretty stupid asking about this but im having some probs and I've tried a couple of things but so far its not working.
The last few times I have ridden my mare she seems to have become very hard on the mouth. She is well trained in dressage and has always been very very soft. Normally I can get a nice canter out of her that has impulsion but isnt rushed and is always on the bit. But lately she's just been taking off and I have to keep a reasonable pressure on her to stop her from just going like the wind :)
Today for the first time since I've owned her I've been able to do some real flatwork with her as we've moved somewhere where we have an arena. In a slow and medium walk she is perfect. Nice amount if contact and on the bit (until she goes past the scary trailer with the jumps on it lol) in the trot she is also pretty good. Slow and medium trot is great, extended trot she starts to race a little. As soon as I ask her to canter she just forgets all her manners and takes off. I tried half halting her but she ignores me, brings her head up and tries to bring on the speed more.
Today I spent some time bringing her back to a steady collected trot each time she took off but as soon as I would ask for that canter again she would do the same thing. She doesnt even go smoothly into the canter she kinda jumps into it.
If I let her have her head and just wanna go at her speed she is calm and smooth and happy. Could it just be she is full of energy??
She doesnt get any hot feed at all. She gets lucerne chaffe, fibre plus chaffe, rice bran, millrun, sunflower seeds, garlic, mollasses, equilibrium (complete supplement) and pellets for seniors (i find that provides better weight gain than normal pellets) she also gets lucerne hay and rhodes hay. So nothing hot there.
As long as she is trotting and walking she's perfect. We even threw in a lovely half pass today which she did with such control. She doesnt seem sore anywhere eg; legs, back, poll etc
Any ideas? Sorry its so long :)