Originally Posted by LoveIsTheAnswer
I am going to be working with a mare this week that is slightly green. Her walk is okay but her trot is all over the place and not collected and her canter is even worse. Her canter is definitely not collected and it seems like she is getting ahead of me. She is absolutely not careful over fences and rushes over them. I had a few ideas in mind like getting her flat done, then her jumping. For her flat I was thinking I could start with transitions then move into poles. I only have her for a week, and I wasn't so sure where to start cause I have too many ideas, but not sure what to do. I'd love it if you gave me suggestions...
If you only have a week, and if her trot and canter is as bad as it sounds, I wouldnt even worry about jumping in that short time. Correct jumping comes with a solid flat foundation, that quite possibly can't be acquired in a week. I would start at a walk, and get that down pat, get her engaged in her hind end, collected, and working smoothly and obediently. Get her walk going better than "okay". Work it with the trot too, same thing, collection, hind engagement, steady, smooth obedience. Canter - same thing. If you are dead set on starting her going on some jumps, once of course you have her flat corrected, set up a grid of small height, to help get her focused, and to encourage her not to rush. Who knows what you can do in a week, but I would mainly just focus on the flat work.