I'm riding a friend of mines TB gelding. He has evented Training in the past but had some time off and we are getting him back into shape. She bought him in early October. I had been riding him and had no problems with him. He had a fairly weak hind end but we have been working on strengthening that. When we started jumping him, his owner was having problems with him dropping his head drastically after jumps. I had never had this problem.
However I rode him the other day and he did it to me over almost all of the jumps. I actually thought he was going to buck the first time, as I'm not used to him doing it. I got a good jump out of him and spent the majority of the session just on the flat. Ill be able to get some lessons with him and I can ask my instructor, but in the meantime can anyone explain?
I rode him to the base of the fence asking for forward reaching steps and let him do the jumping for me. I don't feel like i've lost any fitness but I've had a bit of time off serious work for the past few weeks but nothing that should have effected me too bad.
So what causes this and what do you do to fix it?