Originally Posted by Ashsunnyeventer
Thanks for the feedback! A few days ago, we tried a bounce for the first time and after a few tries she stopped stopping or trying to make it an extremely short one stride lol. I really felt her rock back and arc over the jump. I've had her for 3ish months now and she still overjumps EVERYTHING. I guess it's better than knocking them down, but it's harder for me to stay with her. I find myself juping more with my butt way behind the motion because I know she is going to take off after the jump.
The only thing that bothers me about doing gymnastics with her is that she rishes through them. She ends up with such a huge and fast step through it that all the jumps get knocked down. She listens to whogreat over any ther jumps, but not in a line. I will really be working on that this winter
Okay, I really don't refer to that action as anxiety. I feel like that's just an excuse.
"Frustration begins where knowledge ends." - Clinton Anderson
I read that she holds her head up more than some other horses you've ridden, first maybe try out a chiropractic visit.. double check to make sure your saddle fits.
I would really like to help guide you through this training experience. There is a lot of crucial foundations that need to be covered in order to successfully achieve an athletic team that will really have some great experiences.
Aside from all the health and comfort in place, my first approach would be slow down. If you're horse is acting "anxious" maybe she's just really not comfortable and ready to do EVERYTHING you are asking.
I recommend focusing on getting back to basics- when you warmup get to know each other more. More transitions.
GREAT job getting through the bounce jump.
Don't put it up so high nor too close if your horse is not comfortable with it- and I'm sure this doesn't help you when you approach it.
Work with small gymnastics, that was one of my fears while training my green mare, and by taking a step back and working on patterns, and HAVE a PLAN of what you will do for your rides. Be confident and really acknowledge what your horse is telling you. It's a privilege to be able to work together as one.
Even sooner than This winter work on poles and the small jumps to step over.
I learned that 3ft can be an easy step. Your horse looks like she's got the same potential!
GOOD LUCK! :) :)