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post #11 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yes but not as often as I'd like. I'd like to build some small jumps. My friend has the trailer and she is either working or out of town most of the time. :/. We don't have hills around where I board unfortunately :(. I know it's not going to build fast but he does need to strengthen his top line. I would love to do some open shows in English pleasure and maybe some small jumping classes but I don't know if he will do great because it's in an arena. Just don't know lol.
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post #12 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 01:35 AM
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Maybe you just need some direction. It sounds like he might be bored because you may just be at a loss of what to do when riding him, you know?

I'm not sure of your riding experience or how long you've had him or anything.. but I think if you had a goal in mind.. and thought of creative ways to reach those goals.. you'd probably do much better.

He sounds kind of like he's comfortable plodding along and when he gets excited it's because it's new and interesting. When you ask for more, he probably does the horsey equivalent of shrugging and you take that as he's tired or low key?

It may be a good idea to find a trainer that teaches something you've always wanted to learn.. like jumping for example, or hunters, or whatever.. and work with them. Not so much to learn, but you know something new.

I don't think changing his feed to get him hot is a good idea.. but maybe his current feed isn't filling all his needs. Maybe he's deficient in something or working hard but not getting enough calories, etc.

Have you talked with your vet about this? Since he knows the horse better than me :P

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post #13 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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I've had him almost 3 years. I would love to learn to get him to jump. It's just kind of difficult to find an English instructor around here that will come to me. I live in burleson and most English barns are north of Dallas :/. Not a great area here lol. Yeah I usually ride alone so I'm not too sure what to work on without someone there. I have been searching for an instructor but havent found anyone yet (that will answer their phone). We are riding at a trail called rocky creek tomorrow. We will see how that goes. He loves jumping over ditches (I want him to).
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post #14 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 01:48 AM
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Well that's cool :)

Have fun!

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post #15 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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He hesitates over things above ground though, like logs. :/
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Well my horse would too, he's gotta learn that it's okay. Cherie has a thread that has some good trail riding tips.

If you mean ground poles then maybe he just needs to be pushed over them?

You've had him physically checked out, right?

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post #17 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yes farrier and vet and trainer have all checked him. He's fine. Sound and not in any pain. He has no limp. He shows no sign of pain. He will lunge over jumps even bigger ones but it's a whole different story in the saddle. Someone suggested that I basically just be a passenger on him while someone else lunges him over jumps. Good idea or bad?
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post #18 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 02:00 AM
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Bad... very very bad. I would not do that, but again I don't have experience with jumping.

And you've checked saddle fit.. cause if the saddle is blocking his shoulders from moving then he won't be able to do as you ask him if that makes sense. It's worth investigating.

It just sounds like you guys need some motivation, switch things up.

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post #19 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Yes saddle fits him. I've lunged him over jumps with the saddle on and he is fine. Okay why is it bad? Not questioning you I'm just curious.
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post #20 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 02:04 AM
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Because the lunge line could get tangled up with the horse or the jump. The horse would be listening more to the lunger than the rider.. it just sounds really dangerous to me.

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