Ok, I have this amazing 3.5 year old horse who I have raised since the day he was born. This is my first foal, and I am sort of learning everything as I go. However, I am having a few training problems that I was hopeful I could get some advice about.
1) I'm having a bit of trouble getting him to turn tightly. At the walk he is excellent. At the trot, he is decent. But at the canter, his turns get very wide. Similarly, when he is outside the ring in an open field, everything gets sloppier. I am just assuming that part is because he is so young... but I thought it was worth mentioning.
2) I am having big trouble getting him to jump. He is so desensitized to everything, that he always just plows through the jumps and knocks off the posts. Seriously, he doesn't break stride at all, he just keeps a steady pace and goes straight through the posts as if they weren't even there. This can't feel good on his legs... I have walked him over a large tree that I often jump with my other horses, it is so large that he can not simply knock it away. At that tree, he has learned to pick up his feet most of the time... but I am afraid to go over it past a walk, for fear of him hurting his legs badly.
Any advice you could provide would be extremely appreciated.
Some things that might come in helpful:
-I am using a very mild D-ring snaffle bit
-This horse is extremely lazy and takes a good bit of encouragement to get moving beyond a walk
-He is very desensitized and is rarely afraid of anything
- I spent yesterday getting him used to some boots I had lying around, as you can see in the pictures. ( sorry they are so fuzzy... I have no idea why)