Completely different jump in outdoor arena ?
So as you all know, it's getting warmer and we've been able to start riding in the outdoor. I'm super excited, for sure! Except for one little problem.
The horse I exercise and ride in lessons with, acts completely different when you jump her outside.
She's fabulous, but she's got quite the spooks in her. She was a broodmare before, and now that I've got her with great dressage and flat work, she also got an amazing jump inside! We were able to jump her to 3ft. without any problem what so ever inside, and with great pace too. My trainer has been jumping her 2' 6" consistently. She lost most of her spook and was fantastic.
But now that we've taken her outside, she has a COMPLETELY different jump. It still looks good, and feels pretty good, but the pace in increased by an incredible amount. She has a nice short 10ft. canter stride, which I absolutely love for her being around 15.3. She is fine on her preferred lead(right) but once I switch to the left it's like she's gone into steeplechase mode! I can get her perfectly round and collected inside, and this only happens outside. I can control her pace after a bit, but that's not the main idea here.
Once I start to canter jumps with her, she increases her pace by A LOT. I wouldn't mind as much if our outdoor had a fence around it, but it doesn't and I always fear her taking off with me. I'm sure she doesn't look as fast as she feels, but I'd really like some exercises and/or advice to build up my confidence outdoors, and to get her to calm down when I'd like to complete a good course!
Any help would be great, thanks for reading ! :)