Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Quad Cities, IL
Starting refusales at the beginning of training is a clear cut sign you're pushing him further than he is okay with. You need to start small. Ground poles and let him learn his spacing by walking, trotting, and cantering them. Once he understands them you can begin raising the poles SLOWLY. I started my paint jumping in september... we didn't reach 18 inches - 2 ft until nearly february. It's always better to take it extra slow and let them be confident before raising it more. Keep the jumps around 6 inches for a while and let him realize it's okay then move it up some.