04-09-2011, 06:02 PM
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If she moves her hands back and forth in a see-sawing manner to get the horse "on the bit" I can tell you that is part of the problem right there. It's teaching the horse to false frame and resist the bit. If the horse is resisting rein contact with the rider, his back is hollow and hind end is not engaged. And you can imagine that without proper impulsion and a hollow back it is INCREDIBLY hard for a horse to jump properly or safely and jumping like this can cause great discomfort and back/hind end pain for the horse - resulting in the horse essentially being trained to refuse (even though that was not the rider's intention).
Sounds like this horse needs to go back to basics of trot work and balance and learn to accept the aids, and the rider needs to be doing a lot of two point work and even some longe line work to not rely on the reins but rather to learn how to get a horse to use their hind end and engage the back and reach for the bit from her seat/leg aids.
That said - you mention this happens in lessons, and causes a dangerous situation for the GROUP in the lesson not just the rider. My question and concern is where is the trainer during this? Why are they not addressing this with the specific horse/rider that are the issue and why are they not moved to private lessons until they are back up to the level of the rest of the group? More than anything, if the trainer is not addressing this, I would consider you as well as any other students that feel this way bringing your concerns to the trainer and if necessary the barn owner. If that doesn't work, and this is an ongoing issue, perhaps you need to consider changing barns or trainers.
I hope for the safety of all you are able to work this out. Best of luck to you!