Did I break my favourite mare? Trouble turning in the canter
I ride (amongst others) a great OTTB mare which has given me immense confidence and finally thought me to canter after two years of lessons (I'm not very talented).
She is very responsive and has a VERY soft mouth. Also, she is newish to the riding school. She used to be a brood mare up until 3 months ago when my instructor bought her and she is currently 4 months in foal.
So basically, what happened is that I distinctly remember being able to turn with ease in the canter, and I mean I would just lean in the seat a bit and close my fist slightly and she would turn. I even jumped a whole course of jumps from the canter which implies that I knew how to turn her. And I could always get her to jump in the middle of the jump easily. I even rode her bitless and I turned just fine.
Something went wrong in my last lesson. I just could not get her off the rail. I had to use very harsh aids and even then it was a struggle and I missed some turns. What am I doing wrong? She kept popping her shoulder and just cantering on straight. If I tried to tighten the outside rein, she would lift and twist her head.
She had her teeth floated two weeks ago so I know that's not it.
Only students riding her are more experienced than me and my instructor fine tunes her at least once a week.
I really, really don't want to break this mare. I would rather stop riding her for a while, until my riding is better. So, is it me causing this behavior and should I stop riding her until I can get my act together?