What I did was started on the ground. I sent my horse out on a circle and as he approached, if he wanted to stop I let him. The reason I SEND the horse to the pole is because a lot of times a horse will follow you, but that doesn't mean he's confident. Horses are natural FOLLOWERS, so sometimes they will FOLLOW you anywhere, but to build his self confidence, you must SEND him to the obstacle. I let him stand there, assessing things, then asked him to back up, then reapproach the pole. If he wanted to stop again, I let him. If your horse does this, DO NOT push him. That will ruin all his confidence. Allow him time, watch for licking and chewing and his curiosity to grow. If he wants to go forward on his own, allow it! Just remember, this is about his confidence, it's not about the jump! You must allow him time. I can not stress this enough.
Last edited by Spirithorse; 09-30-2009 at 11:03 PM.