Originally Posted by LoveeShowJumping View Post
Changed my mind, I'm not going to get a grackle. I'm going to try and fix her problem before buying things...
Try checking saddle first - pinching behind the shoulder can be one of the causes of rushing. The horse expects to be uncomfortable when it lands (and riders weight drives down onto the tree-points) so tries to get things over with as quickly as possible.
Other saddle-related jumping issues - stopping, going in very deep, hanging in the air, dropping a shoulder on landing - can all be caused by the same fault.
Makes sense if you think about how the horse's mind works.
I'm sure if there's no apparent problem you'll go onto teeth, etc. Hope you manage to sort it out.
PS. Rode my first horse in a grakle for years (see avatar) because he pulled my arms out across country and I was reluctant to use a stronger bit. I'm not so fussed on the more modern Mexican grakle - the design means because the two jaw-straps are further apart it still allows the horse to cross its jaw, IMO. The original noseband design was more flexible positionally and allowed more adjustment. It all depends how strong a noseband you need, if you eventually decide to go this route.
PPS It's spelled without a 'c' in the middle like the racehorse who wore the first one in the Grand National, not like the North American bird