I bought my horse River a year ago to use her as an hunt seat equitation mount and do some relatively low jumping(no higher than 2'6). I take weekly lessons with River and have done a few shows, but due to a hoof problem we had to rest her for a month. So now that she's finally healed up, I need some help with a few things XD.
I can't get her to have a forward walk. It's a very slow walk and if I put my legs on her she'll trot. How can I make her move forward at the walk without trotting? She goes fine but I do wear spurs.
At the last show we went to, she schooled over the jumps really well. The course was over the same jumps we had schooled over earlier. She refused two of them and we ended up scratching from our jumping classes. She was paying attention to me and my coach thinks she's a really honest and brave horse. Normally I can feel when a horse is timid about going up to a jump, but River just stopped at the last second. How can I prevent this from happening at the next show?
At home, River is very forward(I don't use spurs with her at home) and is kind of pull-y on the bit. When I take her to a show or to a lesson, it's very difficult to get her to move without wearing spurs and she's really soft in the mouth. It's like she's bipolar. Any thoughts on this?
I use a french link o ring snaffle on her and it fits. Her saddle is fine and we've had a vet check done on her recently. The vet said it looked like she'd had hock injections done but wasn't sure. The main thing was that the angle of her coffin bone was flat compared to what it was supposed to be. She suggested we put wedge pads on her and give her a month off, and here we are. She's a 15 year old qh appendix. I know the term "green" isn't normally associated with fifteen year old horses but that's what my trainer refers to her as. She is a really good horse, likes to please and is very willing, though.