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post #1 of 16 Old 11-03-2010, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Need some jumping help!

I have recently bought an ex racehorse who is the most quietest friendliest horse ive ever met, i want to start ponyclub with him soon so i habe been helping him get confident with jumping, he jumps 1m on the lunge easily. He is also abit on the lazy side, but when it comes to riding him over jumps hes frightened and refuses, can someone please give me some advice on what i can do to make him feel more confident?
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-03-2010, 06:40 AM
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Are you working with a trainer?
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-03-2010, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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No, just myself, i dont really have the money for a trainer at the moment.
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There is no way to know what you are doing that is causing your horse to refuse with out watching you ride. It could be one of a million things. You really need a good professional to watch you and help you through this. Much better to pay a trainer a little now and work through the issue and move on than have a horse that simply will not jump that will cost a small fortune to retrain in the future.

Some things are better done using a professional, learning to jump when both rider and horse are green is one of them.

I recommend that until you can pay a trainer you work on getting your flat work just as perfect as it can be. That will help your jumping too.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-03-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Ive been riding for since i was 4. Im now 18 im great at showjumping, i just didnt know what i should do, he jumps little jumps when im riding hes just a little green
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You could have been riding in the whomb and I will not change my advice. Sorry.
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-03-2010, 08:05 AM
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The fact that he jumps on the lunge and not whilst being ridden strongly points to a rider fault and not that of the horse. I am assuming this horse is young an inexperienced, being an ex-racehorse. So, perhaps you need to be working on the flat solidly before even attempting to jump. Then you should be starting with pole work, pole work, pole work before doing small cross bars so he gets used to carrying a rider over a jump. Working with a trainer/instructor is a good idea. Perhaps you are pushing him too hard into higher fences without first establishing a solid frame work. Start small and stay small while he is getting his confidence up.
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-03-2010, 08:34 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.

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I agree with the above posts. I think you should wait untill you can get a trainer, then start to jump him.

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Agreed with everyone, just wanted to add that you will be well served to do lots and lots of cavaletti work and grid work to build up his confidence over obstacles. Whilst he may free jump 1m relatively easily, that will not directly convert to him jumping 1m with YOU in the saddle easily and confidently.

Try to make jumping exercises fun by adding variety (different types of jumps, different placement, different approach angles) and build his confidence up slowly but surely. With OTTB's I have taken off the track I usually give them 3-6 months turnout, 6 months flatwork, a couple months working with poles then 6 months over cavaletti and small jumps/grids.

It takes a lot of time for sure but the end result is that they approach them calmly and confidently. Once they are doing this nicely over 1' and 2' obstacles and their technique is well developed, adding height is really the easy part!

Strong basics will give you a well balanced and confident horse!

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