This is a recap since I've already had my horse show but I wanted to seperate and analyze my posts.
I was finally able to get a lesson in last Wednesday, and it was a frustrating one.
I've been having and continue to have problems with Annie launching at her fences a stride early and then I get left behind and get jumped loose or catch her in the face. If I keep my leg on and get into my position when I think she's supposed to take off I get left behind, but if I put my hands on her mane then I lose control and she runs out.
She ran out multiple times jumping across the diagonal, and I couldn't figure out how to keep her straight and release. Eventually we got over the fence but then she ran out at the 2 stride just because she learned she could.
Some placing poles helped with her leaving early but I didn't have a very positive feeling after the lesson. The next day I decided to school dressage in my jumping saddle and pop over the fences again to iron things out but ended up with the same refusal issue. I feel like I get her going to the fence and then she gets really wiggly the last stride away. So I really wasn't looking forward to the show or feeling very confident about it.