So my barn recently acquired a new horse, who was trained western, but we've converted to english.I've been riding her this summer, mostly dressage.
In my lessons we've started jumping her over crossrails and some 18' verticals and she gets excited when we jump. If it's a new jump she may suck back or stop 1 or 2 times, but she'll usually walk/hop over them if I ask her to. Anyways, she's been taking off after the jump. She's usually fairly relaxed over the fence but it's like 2 strides after landing she decides to take off...which I think is kind of odd? And I feel like if it were a back issue she's tense up either before the jump (anticipation) or on the landing?
At first I thought it was me because I do have a tendency to jump ahead, but I lunged her last over a low jump and she didn't take off (probably because she could stay more balanced on the circle) but I noticed 2 strides after the jump she'd raise her head and get tight (even if I gave her complete freedom with the lunge line, not touching her mouth).
She does have a history...and i'm wondering if that has something to do with it...let's just say her old western trainer like to utilize walls to work on her sliding stops... and it took the longest time to get her to canter without being nervous that she was going to be run into the wall. She's not the most confident horse, but she's super sweet and has lots of potential.
Has anyone seen anything like this before and/or have ideas on how to work her through it?