I've has Moose for about two week now and we have found out that he has an issue with rushing his jumps. So we have been working on pole on the ground. Well the first pole course he jumped them like they were 2'. Last night I was so proud he just cantered over them nicely, no russ at all.
Kitten, I can totally relate to your story..
Isn't it great when you prove them wrong?? You guys look great! Congratulations; keep following your dreams..
That's why I always suggest someone who gets stuck in training and looking for advice: don't give up and lose the hope, look for a good trainer who can help you in your problem and to move forward. Great trainer weights his/her weight in gold (and not easy to find sometime)!
About 4 and a half months ago, I got my boy Jack. I started riding when I was 5, but I couldn't afford to keep it up around age 11. After a few years, I picked it back up and got blessed with Jack. Well, anywho, I got him from a lady who rescued him from abandonment. He's about 18, but the most high strung horse I've ever met. His last owner told me he was a nightmare to catch, she'd spent 30 minutes to an hour every day trying to catch the darn horse. So the first time I went out to catch him, he walked right up to me. And he has continued to do so almost every time I've gone out to catch him. He's such a sweetie. Here he is watching me leave him after our ride together:
Oh! Last week we went on our third trail ride, which he is known to do horribley on. It's a challenge keeping him at a power walk, he's usually bolting back to the barn and tossing his head to fight the bit. But this time, he was so calm and slow I let go of his reins and let him walk me to the whole way home.
Aires had his third ride today and he graduated to the arena! He was being a little poop-head while the trainer was lunging him, but we finally got him straightened out (turned out some of it was a communication problem...I had trained him on a certain word to switch directions, and she was trying to get to him switch with a different word and he didn't know what she wanted). We went down to the arena and the trainer started working him. I'm not going to say he was perfect, because he wasn't (was having a hard time with flexing...he kept going around in circles! Lol...and when she tried to get him to go forward off leg pressure alone, which is something he's done before, well, it was just downright hilarious)...but he was EXTREMELY GOOD for a two-year-old with two rides on him! He trotted really well for her (got to see his AMAZINGLY smooth trot...the trainer was sitting his trot [mainly because she was riding western] and she barely moved at all...it was amazing) and she even got him to canter, which was fun to see. He did a VERY good impression of a dressage horse at one point (I have pics, but they're kinda sorta stuck on my camera until tomorrow when I can get another memory card USB adapter since I can't find mine and my computer doesn't have a card reader slot). She even got him onto the trail bridge in the arena and stood him on it (he was like "Yeah, whatever. Done this a million times with Mom!") AND she opened the gate to the arena from his back when they were done. She and I were talking and she said out of all the 30-some horses on the property (excluding hers, of course), there are only two that she would even be remotely interested in purchasing...and Aires is number one!