My horse and I are both green jumpers :]
Hi. I'm the owner of a 6 year old Quarter Horse mare by Zips Poco Pine.
For about a year and a half, we've been completely converted to english riding [instead of western pleasure like she was trained as a 2 & 3 year old]. About 8 months ago, I started under a dressage trainer. Since then, Annie and I have been training up to training level, and we've just recently incorporated jumping into the mix. Annie's proven to be quite good at it. She tucks nicely, she's scopey for the height [18 inches so far] and really enjoys jumping. About four days ago, we started doing some grids. We set up three 18" crossrails, and trotted her over it. The first time, she refused the middle jump, to which I kicked her until she went over, and eventually, she would trot over all three in complete confidence. The problem we're having though.. is that she still kindof tries to slow down before the middle jump, to which I'm forced to squeeze the poo out of her so she'll jump it, and then she ends up jumping a little under herself, and just canters over the third jump.
I don't know if it's me, or her. Or if I should just keep doing it, until she gets her confidence up at doing them. My trainer said I'm doing a good job of not falling on her front end, and I'm doing a good job of keeping my seat independent, and off her back through all of it, so I'm wondering why she could be doing this. I'm also making sure I give her lots of release before each of the jumps, and not popping her in the mouth after the jump, so I just don't know what it could be. I don't think she's in pain either.. her tack fits correctly, the bit is VERY nice on her mouth and she performs incredibly in it, and I'm making sure to stay out of her way as much as possible, so I'm not slamming on her back over and after jumps..
Any help would be appreciated :]