Or something like that!
Coach said Fancy Pony needs to learn how to NOT over-react to oxers. So, the plan was: Jump more oxers!
She put some poles on the ground in parallel with a third pole on the oblique. She asks, "What is this?"
My excited response: "It's a ditch!"
...obviously, right? Because that's what ditches look like?
We jump the ditch. Then it gets wider... And we jump it some more. And it gets wider... and wider... and wider!!
THEN, it comes up off the ground!!!
It may have also been raised once while I wasn't looking, because we were now jumping this:
It's, like, as wide as my pony is long!
Eventually, we moved on to more normal-looking oxers, but the fancy pony started losing her normal jump...
I found myself in moments like this:
I know it's all me.
Luckily, we also had some of this:
This is what I think is happening:
I found the balanced canter, and it is comfortable! It's the place I want to be!
Now, I need a longer, somewhat faster, canter to jump this fence correctly. But when I let her go, she immediately feels more downhill and unbalanced. This makes me feel like we aren't balanced enough to take the fence. But, if I ask her to balance, I inadvertently ask her to collect as well, and that doesn't help us get the long, smooth arc we need for the oxer...
What is a girl to do?
I'm thinking: Gallop brush fences! (You know, itty bitty ones)