I've got this almost sorted out...
Okay, so after looking at some videos of my last lesson where I lost a lot of confidence in my riding, I realised it looks more like I'm just not getting my distances, and Destiny isn't stretching down into a lengthened canter, and so we're both screwing up and putting in half strides before jumps, two-point too early etc.
I can get her to lengthen her canter really nicely on the flat, but between jumps it seems no matter what I do, she just goes faster but keeps the minced strides, and we end up putting 7 1/2 in a 6 stride line. I've tried just holding her back for the 8, but it becomes too slow and she doesn't have the impulsion to get over the jumps, but if I push for the 6, she gets almost bouncy, more up than forward, if that makes sense.
We've tried lengthening between poles and its generally the same thing, and now I'm a little lost.
Does anyone know why she's doing this? What could I be doing wrong to make her do it? Any exercises to help me and her get the lengthening thing between fences?
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