07-13-2011, 03:40 PM
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Looks like he just had a bad day and a case of "plant-itis". Meaning, he was just planting all fours. This could have been because both of you were tentative. When a rider is tentative, it sends a clear danger warning to the horse. The horse will lose their desire to "attack" the fence. When you detect this, I would focus on giving him a clear round and forget the time. Trot the course. The horse cannot plant all fours easily and is much more likely to jump.
If you were jumping higher fences, I would go with caulks (studs). But, they can be tough on a horse and a pain in the rear to maintain. You could ask your farrier about borium "spots" welded into the shoes. These are very effective when jumping the smaller fences and not so aggressive that a horse can't turn and pivot with them. One precaution....if he kicks, keep him separate. That borium is sharp.