Getting Prin in shape for fox hunting and the Hunter show mid August.
She's a 16 yo QH mare not quite 15h arthritis in fetlocks which is being managed with great success. She’s not pulled up sore or even proppy in over a year. She’s a talented jumper (or at least I think so) and we’ve done about 5ft together which was all her I just sat and went with her. The ultimate point and shoot jumper!
Prins always a bit of a nervy mare with a bridle we’d fixed it by riding in a halter but can't hunt in a halter. So we had a few outings and is gone well but she’s started bracing against the bit again. For years I had no concept of soft hands and now have to convince her I’m not going to rip her mouth off.
Due to the anxiety she just rushes quite a bit and the faster the more rushing. This becomes an issue.
Doing a lot of relaxation work and periods of working with contact. She rushes more when we’re jumping but she always had. We’ve always galloped around sj courses.
Figured this week id focus on relaxing her into contact and getting those transitions right again.
There ‘s quite a bit of walking to stop her revving up too much. How does it look?
Pole exercise :
“double” 2 stride spacing
4 strides to pole on ground
3 strides to set of 5 trot poles
4 strides to small jump
All starts as ground poles then raise 2 end jumps.
All poles can be raised up to 40 cm.
Starting small working on getting that ‘cruise control’ working.
Walking after jumps so she knows she doesn’t have to land and gallop forwards is NEVER an issue with the Ferrari. (small red fast)
0-10 walk/trot passenger
10-20 walk with full contact pole exercise and serpentines
walk / halt transitions
Drop nose at halt
20-30 Trot loose rein pole exercise
35-40 Trot / walk / halt transitions
40-50 trot with full contact serpentines and straight
50-55 walk loose rein and contact, pole exercise
55-65 trot/walk transitions
trot contact serpentines and poles
65-75 small jumps coming back to walk after
75-85 canter long rein
85-90 trot long rein
Feel free to add any suggestions.
Obviously will build up more canter each session