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post #21 of 23 Old 07-21-2009, 05:39 PM
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Measure your round pen, measure your horse then come back with that info. If your horse is really doing what you say he is, then he is probably of some value to someone in the jumper industry. I have a feeling you are being advised to ride with out a bit to preserve your horses mouth not because most people start without a bit in their mouth. Also if you meant 15 and 1/2 hands, then that is 15.2 not 15.5. A hand is four inches, so a 15.2 is a 15 hands and 2 inches, this is how we measure horses, don't make the mistake again, you appear ignorant and now everyone is thinking what is someone who doesn't know how to measure a horse doing riding an unbroke one?!? It seems to me you don't have a firm grasp on the terminology, calling your horse green broke when it's barely started is another thing that makes me wonder about your ability as a rider. Based on what you have said you need professional advice, so pay a professional to come and work with you and your horse, or asses your horses suitability to you and to jumping. If the trainer advises that this is not a suitable horse for you but could be sold as a jumping prospect to someone with the proper knowledge then maybe you could take your profits and invest in something with more training. I have a feeling the people around you are well meaning in their advice but don't have the time to dole out free advice to someone with quite such a project. I used to meet people who said they could ride, but then they would come to the barn and it would turn into me babysitting them or giving a free lesson. I don't end up riding with them very often, instead I stick to my horsey buddies that no what bridle to grab if I tell them what bit is on it. This sounds like a lot of work that only an advanced rider should tackle. Also if the horse is jumping out of pastures then was he really jumping out of the round pen because he was scarred or just because he can? Either way, a horse that can jump that big, no matter what the breed or height, is worth something, especially since it sounds like he is so willing to do it.

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post #22 of 23 Old 09-08-2009, 10:21 PM
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I don't know if you are using a rope halter or not, but you should be. Horses will just push through a web halter.

Practice flexing. Ask the horse nicely to bring his head to the side, and wait for him to touch something (your leg, stirrup, his side, ect.) As soon as he does so, release the rein. Make sure you bring his head far enough over that he is bent really well, but not too much so that the horse doesn't have to give his head. If you pull the horse's head to your leg and not give him enough rein to give, he won't learn anything. Only release the rein when the horse is standing still, and he softens his neck and gives you his head, touching something. You may have to sit on him and hold his head to the side for quite a while, but he'll eventually get it.

Once he gets this down really well and knows what you want, very nicely ask (slide your hand down the rein and apply a small amount of pressure) then give him a bump with the rein. Keep bumping until he gives you his head.

This is really important because it helps with turning, and also if you have an emergency you can quickly bend the horse down. This is a skill that I believe every horse should have.

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post #23 of 23 Old 09-09-2009, 12:30 PM
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I agree with Troubled TB. Don't get on the horse again until you have a PROFFESIONAL at the very least there to help you. You could end up hurt or killed riding a horse like that if you are inexperienced (which you are). I'm not saying the horse is mean or vicious he's just too much horse for you.
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