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post #1 of 4 Old 04-19-2011, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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I dont know what job would be best for my pony :/

My horse is 15.1 hands (I'm told), and a QH/POA cross. He has a lot of GO to him!

I ride him english, and he LOVES to jump- but he's green, and isn't very good with keeping a consistent pace. He rushes jumps a lot.

I know he needs a bit of re-training. He has a hard mouth. His previous owner decided since he was hard to stop, to put him on a harsher bit. He was previously ridden in a full cheek slow twist, but once I move him to my old barn I'm switching him to my snaffle and starting with the basics...he has very little respect for the bit, which needs to change. It's pretty bad when you canter him...trotting is easier. That's why I try not to canter him over jumps yet...he kind of totally disregards everything and goes "OMG A JUMP! OMG! OMG!" xD He is, for the most part, a very well mannered horse. Stands very nicely on cross ties with me. (He used to freak out.) Now, 5 year olds brush him and he practically falls asleep.

He has a very cute little jump - very smooth, sometimes too easy! I'm so used to having horses that overjump, so I tend to get a little ahead in anticipation!

There's a video of me riding him here:

Part of me wonders if he's actually 15.1? Input on that?


So - what do you think he'd be best with (after I do a lot of flatwork and stuff...) He also needs a lot of TLC.

Well, give me your opinion on him :)


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post #2 of 4 Old 04-19-2011, 05:07 PM
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He's a nice chap

In the clip, after some of the jumps he looks a bit uncomfortable, have you had his saddle and back checked? This could contribute to the rushing at jumps.

I wouldn't say he is quite ready to be jumping a course, I would go back to pole and gridwork, and when you are jumping in canter, circle before the jump, and keep on circling, don't jump until he is calm and listening to you. When doing gridwork, I would put the jumps a little bigger, perhaps 2'3 - 2'6 spreads with canter and ground poles, to make him back off and think about what he's doing. He is a handy little thing though, and you ride him nicely! Ditch the standing martingale, he's using it to balance himself which isn't helping with his upside down muscle, if you have to use one go for a running martingale, but I would just school him more to build up the right muscles. I think he would make a really good little eventer or hunter! (as in proper hunter, following hounds)

I think he looks more like 14.2/14.3 than 15.1, but he's got a bit of filling out to do so may look smaller than he actually is. How old is he?
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He's a nice chap

In the clip, after some of the jumps he looks a bit uncomfortable, have you had his saddle and back checked? This could contribute to the rushing at jumps.

I wouldn't say he is quite ready to be jumping a course, I would go back to pole and gridwork, and when you are jumping in canter, circle before the jump, and keep on circling, don't jump until he is calm and listening to you. When doing gridwork, I would put the jumps a little bigger, perhaps 2'3 - 2'6, to make him back off and think about what he's doing. He is a handy little thing though, and you ride him nicely! Ditch the standing martingale, he's using it to balance himself which isn't helping with his upside down muscle, if you have to use one go for a running martingale, but I would just school him more to build up the right muscles. I think he would make a really good little eventer or hunter! (as in proper hunter, following hounds)

I think he looks more like 14.2/14.3 than 15.1, but he's got a bit of filling out to do so may look smaller than he actually is. How old is he?

Thank you for your input!
This was our second ride together - hence the saddle not fitting me - My older one was too large for him, so I borrowed. The one in the video was a different girls, it didn't fit me, so maybe I wasn't the only one uncomfortable.
Also, I no longer ride him in the martingale - Previous owner used it, but I don't really like it. :)
Thank you - I'll definitely take that into consideration!

Also, he's turning 9 in may. He was started very late :(


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I'm not sure you'd like to hear this, but I can see some gaming potential in him :)

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