It was kind of a vicious cycle: She's rush, so she'd have to take off early, so I would catch her in the mouth. Then the next time around, she'd anticipate that I'd catch her in the mouth and launch early, then I would catch her in the mouth. Frustrating! I took down the first jump (it was only the second jump that she'd rush) and made her slowly trot up to the second jump and then give her a ton of rein. She did good trotting, but as soon as I asked her to canter she'd rush (though this time I made sure to give her her head). So I made both jumps into just ground poles and we did them over and over until she decided to not rush in the canter.
We had a very tired pony today but it was important to me that we ended the lesson on a good note. So guess what we're going to do tomorrow? Canter poles! Fun...
And here is further proof that Jetta is probably in heat:
|Bad cell pic, but you can see Dudley in the red circle. Bad pony!|