Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
Trouble With My Horse - Confidence Going DOWN
I got my new horse back in January, and while I rode him weekly up until now, I haven't spent a ton of time with him. I plan to spend more this summer since I just got done with school.
I've been having quite a few problems with Casper - nothing I can't handle really, but just aggravating ones. For a while, he was really taken with bucking at the canter and when I first got on him. He doesn't usually buck now except when he gets ticked off. He also really cuts corners and doesn't go forward, and he doesn't respond to my leg to get back onto the rail, just at the canter. I've been working on doing trot circles and shoulder ins and outs and nice corners, getting him to flex at the trot, which is going well. But at the canter, he cuts corners a ton, although this has improved.
The biggest problem I'm having is with jumping lately - this is where my confidence has been shaken. I know Casper can be a lovely, calm jumper - he was when I tried him out and has been before. But he's been a terror lately. After jumps, he tries to cut corners instead of going straight and goes very fast, leaning on the bit so he ignores it. He also has gotten into the habit of ducking out. On Monday, I fell off twice within ten minutes because of this behavior, taking out two jumps, biting my lip (it's still fat), and smacking my face on the jump standard. I got back on and we schooled him over each jump at least five times, trotting in, going over, and stopping immediately afterwards. He finally got it and stopped overjumping and fighting me.
I know a problem of mine is not releasing enough over the jumps, mostly because I don't trust him afterwards. Despite my low trust in him, I've been giving better releases.
I guess I just wanted to rant and say my confidence is kinda low and I'm really frustrated with him. He's just been a complete buttface and he knows better. I'm tired of always fighting with him, and I know a companionship takes time, I guess I'm just frustrated lol.