He's ridden with plently of breaks for AT MOST two hours a day.
He is usaully completely fine with jumping.
We never take him over 2'9, and haven't done anything over 2'6 with him since the day this picture was taken..
The martingale helps him a lot. Again, he isn't my horse. I just school him once to twice a week and I can assure you, he's very happy most of the lesson when I ride him. If I think he's having truoble, I just stop.
The highest I ever take him in 2'3.. He can get himself over the jumps, and we're working on his form. .
maybe i should just close this thread..
I'd rather not be yelled at,
I just asked for critique-
but if you'd like to tell me how to help FIX his form in some way that doesn't involve removing the martingale, I'd appreciate it. =]
You say a martingale is necessary when riding him b/c he bucks and runs off which tells me it's either 1. a training issue or 2. a pain issue. Either/or NO horse NEEDS a standing martingale. I'd seriously reevaluate that....
As for him being an ex show horse, idc what he was, I know that NOW in that picture his form is incredibly sloppy and the rider is inhibiting his ability to jump, and the martingale is just making matters worse. He's certainly not ready for anything higher than 2', regardless of what he may or may have not done in the past. And if he has a breathing issue that causes him to not be happy when jumping then I STRONGLY suggest that you reconsider if jumping is truly in this horse's best interest...