Originally Posted by Tangiest Illicitness View Post
Pessoa, draw reins, AND a running martingale. Took me a minute to see the martingale under all the other junk. I agree with everything you said, and also want to add that I hope he's not being jumped with all the garbage on.
Oh yeah, I completely missed it, I guess I was just cringing too much at the sight of the draw reins with the Pessoa...
Im sorry everyone, but he is perectly physically capable of jumping. There is nothing wrong with him at all. I think if you could all see him jump you would be in shock.
There is no reason that he shouldnt be jumping, he is in perfect health and there is only a lack of muscle in his neck, he has the under muscle because he was ridden wrong for a long time. The drawing reins are only to buiild up that muscle, not to help him get on contact because he wont be able to ever gain that contact because he has been trained wrong for so long.
Hmmm... I'm finding this explanation rather baffling as building neck muscles and using draw reins have nothing in common. Unless you want to build the muscle on the under side of the neck - then yes, it will do it, but your horse will be left with a moose type of neck which is short and stiff.
You say that he has been ridden wrong for a long time -then how can he physically be fit for jumping? If a horse has had the wrong type of work this would mean that he, for e.g. is not muscled right, his back is tight, hindquarters disengaged, not responsive to the rider's aids and perhaps too 'crazy' or the opposite - too apathetic - as a result of his previous work. Now this to me sounds nothing like perfectly fit for jumping. I mean, he probably could (and most likely does) - but SHOULD he?
Draw reins for muscle development - bad bad bad combo. Lunge to get him to stretch and lift his back, use cavalettis, straight lines and circles to get him in balance on the lunge and carry himself correctly. Lack of neck muscle is a reflection of his general muscle development, and when we try to tone and supple up our horses we don't do it bit by bit, e.g. back, quarters, neck or leg. It is done through a series of exercises that engages the whole body, develops and supples it.
When you choose things like draw reins for muscle building don't just listen to what someone told you. Try to think of WHY it does/doesn't do it and HOW it works. It all comes down to really basic biomechanics and anatomy of the horse.
How have you decided that your horse is incapable of being retrained? It's a genuine question, I really am interested, as I have worked with problem horses for a long time and one way or the other it has always proven possible to reschool them. Even a 21 year old trotter