My black Irish Cob, Ebony was a nervous, skinny wreck when I got her! I fell in love with her way of trying so hard and how she wouldn't trust anyone or anything. She wouldn't canter but would race around trotting at 100mph round the school. Three months later she trusts me 100% and is managing to trust all new people and things. She's put on loads of weight, she's no where near as jumpy as she used to be and she just loves human company. She looks the picture of good health, she seems happy and she now canters as soon as you give her the aids! Though being so unbalanced she can't canter on the left rein without tripping constantly and falling over on occasion. There's so much more work I can do with her but there's one problem I just can't get past. I want her to learn to jump but she just won't!!
She is absolutely terrified of poles, the more coloured the worse they are. And the blocks for making the jumps are sure to kill her in her opinion!
There is one pole that's basically wooden with only little faded marks of where there were red stripes on it and she doesn't seem so scared by this one but I take her over it and she stops and tries to run out then I force her over it and she walks or leaps over it and then bolts the other side. I really want her to jump but I just don't want her to get scared of jumping. More than anything I want her to enjoy jumping as much as I do. Also I can't jump one wooden pole for the rest of the time I have her! I want to have her ready for some shows by next summer but at the moment I see horses jumping pink, red, blue, yellow etc. jumps and it just feels like such a hopeless dream!!
I would be so grateful for any advice! Dressage is fine but schooling gets boring for both of us and I know if she just enjoyed jumping we'd be a great team, she's got the right build for jumping but I don't think she's ever going to jump at this rate!!