I need some advice, I'm riding a horse for a lady - I'm not sure of her breeding but I'm fairly sure she is Arab/Brumby. She's 5 and is ridden in a hackamore with a treeless saddle as the owner is an active endurance rider.
I'm trying to teach her to jump - she has done it once before with another lady.
I'm jumping her over small cross poles and I just can't get any impulsion out of her. She will jump if she has to - but will try her hardest to walk over the jump. As soon as she's over it she will either stop or walk.
Towards the jump I just can't get her going forward - the most I can acheive is a slow trot. I know she can jump and she doesn't seem frightened so I'm not sure how to deal with this. She will happily do an energetic trot/canter on her way home however!
I use a whip on her however she always kicks out or pigroots when I use it. This makes me hestitant and I don't want to bruise her sides by continuously booting her. I try squeezing with my legs as hard as I can but not much reaction!
I don't think she is bored because I don't continue the same thing forever - I will try jumping for around 5-10 minutes then usually take her out for a ride in the bush.
I just can't get her moving forward. It's very hard to get her warmed up and moving well because she has never been ridden in an arena - I experience the same problem here, she will not trot for more than a few meters in the arena. I try to make my aids very clear, I have never had this problem with a horse before therefore little experience on how to deal with it - any suggestions would be welcome!