Training a slightly green mare...
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... :D
Hi & welcome.
If you only have her a week, you're asking too much to 'correct' her issues, aside from maybe a couple of minor ones - just enjoy her for the week!
I'd also take it easy when riding, don't jump, until you rule out &/or treat any physical issues, before asking much of her at all - eg. saddle fit, back, bit, teeth, hooves, etc. It's very possible she is 'messy' because of pain, hoof imbalance, etc. Understandably if she's not yours & you only have her a week, you may not want to fork out money for treatment or new saddle though.
If she were yours & you rule out/resolve physical issues, sounds like you would do well to get a trainer/instructor to work with you. Yes, I'd certainly get her going well on the flat before jumping, & also start her jumping without a rider.
During this week, do a lot of just going around the rail of the pen and getting her softening to the bridle, cruising around at the trot and lope with no added pressure. Just get her comfortable. If she feels good, start asking her to bump up into the bridle. You probably aren't going to achieve a super good collected horse in just one week. The most important thing at this stage is relaxation, and then working on collecting her once she realizes what your hands and legs are cueing her for.
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