Originally Posted by ImagineThat
Ok. Here's a whole other idea... Maybe, since it sounds like she is a "finished" hunter, you don't need to jump her twice a week. If it's you that needs the practice, maybe you could ride someone else's horse or a schoolie? And just keep her tuned and jump once a week or something. Some horses once finished just don't want or need to drill on something that much. She may also benefit from another "side job", if you will.... take her for a leisurely ride outside the arena.
I know with barrel horses, it helps to do other things instead of drill the pattern every week. They get bored and burnt out.
I'm really trying to think of things for you! :) First and foremost, I would have someone else who rides different than you hop on her. See how that goes...
With your explanation above, you sound like you are not an agressive rider and maybe she needs that?
This is really tough, and I'm sorry it's come to having to make such decisions. That's frustrating, and discouraging. Stay positive!
At school we can only go on trails if we have a 'whippers in' with us (every year 3 seniors are chosen [sometimes juniors if no seniors fit the requirements], they are kind of like barn captains), so the only option of going out is 'Big Track' which is like a cross country course, but not as elaborate jumps so I have been taking Coco out the for hacks at least 2 a week (most of the time more) because there are lots of little hills to work on and such.
I talked to Ms Nelly again today and she's going to see if Allegra (one of the whippers in) can get on her sometime this week(last year Allegra rode 6 of the private horses here at school to tune them up, she is an amazing rider and super sweet).
Thank you so much for all the help! :)
Originally Posted by mom2pride
Honestly, it sounds like Coco just isn't a horse who enjoys jumping...perhaps consider finding a horse more suited to what you are wanting to do, because it sounds like you are always frustrated with this horse, and that doesn't ever make anything easier. Find a horse who is more willing to work with you, and your level as a rider. If she is supposedly "finished" anyone should be able to hop on her and do a round, because that to me, is what "finished" implies.
Also, if all you are doing is the 2 lessons of arena work with her, per week, she may just plain old be bored with being ridden...get her out on some trails or do some other stuff that doesn't entail jumping, so she doesn't know what to expect all the time.
I'm not sure if you understand the entire situation. This problem, I'm almost positive, is a result of my riding, because I'm not aggressive but we are working through it I'm just getting frustrated with it in the mean time. I never said Coco was a 'finished' horse, ImagineThat said that's what she sounded like, though.
She has only been having 2 lessons a week for the past two weeks and the problem was present on the first lesson and before hand. Back at home we went on 2 trails a week, hacked the other days, gave her Sunday off, and did an occasional jumping season once or twice a month.