11-03-2010, 09:34 AM
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Great post Sally, and I greatly agree.
How long has it been since this boy has been off the track? The rule of thumb generaly with OTTB's is to give them at least a year off, to recoup, to come into their own and to get smoothed out mentally. Of course, during that time, spending alot of time giving TLC and establishing a strong base of ground work and basic level dressage.
Of course, every OTTB has their own schedule and can come around faster than others, but in my experience with dealing with OTTBs, is that generally they need more than 5ish months off to just....be.
It sounds to me that this horse is being pushed beyond his capeabilities right now and is going backwards in his training and confidence instead of forward. You need to stop, take a step back, assess the situation and be the responisble because you are the Human - you need to make that decision that is best for him - NOT YOU.
I say, stop, take a few GIANT steps back, and start from the basics and work on filling all those gaps in both of your training and education - so that when it comes time to jumping, you'll both be that much better for it.
I do not believe that this horse is ready to be jumping, and that you are pushing him into it because you want to rush, rush, rush so that you can join pony club - but he's telling you that he isn't ready.
Slow down. Be patient and don't blow this boy's mind.