Hi - Beginner adult here again, seeking some advice concerning recurring frustrations I have in 2 point, very beginning jump exercise work.
Sometimes my lesson horse - who I ride 3 times per week, just gets in a "mood" ad it's like he's being obstinate. Sometimes the trainer says "He's testing you," but I also wonder if I'm doing something wrong.
In 2 point, there are times when I transition from posting to 2 point and he just wants to stop after a few trots. I'm told to use crop, that he just wants to be lazy. He'll respond but get sassy (sometimes turn his head). I have pretty strong legs, so when I'm told to use more leg, I get frustrated. I know my horse can sense this. I'm told my horse does need "a lot of leg." Don't get me wrong, I love this horse ... most of the time he's great .. (I love him all the time).
When I trot 2 point over a ground pole, when I get over the pole a few steps, again he wants to stop.
I can canter him well. Third difficulty is triggering the canter from 2 point when I go over the pole. I've watched others, and it seems effortless .. with me it is a HUGE hurdle.
I know as a newbie, my guy is likely confused as I try and get everything coordinated. I prefer using the crop as minimally as possible, because of the sassiness, and sometimes sharp/abrupt response it gets (abrubt increase in speed).
I know I need to get better reading the horse's mood, and adjusting myself to him .. It's a challenge though while learning mechanics.
I constantly ask in my lessons -- "Is it me or him?"
Basic questions - 1) Is it common to have a horse want to slow down in 2 point? I am doing 2 point correctly.
2) Is it common for a horse to want to stop after a jump? I THINK it's prompted by my body signally "relief and rest" once I'm over it. I need to work on this
3) How can I give more positive signals to "keep it going" when going ove the pole, esp if I need to do a turn right after going over?
Loving the challenge -- just want to be doing things right and not frustrating my horse, and me