Oh my gosh a ditch!
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Oh my gosh a ditch!

This is a discussion on Oh my gosh a ditch! within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • How can i replicate a ditch for my horse to jump

Like Tree5Likes
  • 3 Post By Saddlebag
  • 1 Post By ThoroughbredJumper
  • 1 Post By gypsygirl

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-06-2012, 02:04 PM
  #1
Yearling
Oh my gosh a ditch!

My TB Romeo will do absolutely anything in the world I request of him, no matter how stupid my request is (like jumping too far out) he always saves my butt. EXCEPT over a ditch on a trail ride. He. Is. Petrified. GRANTED, he will go over them, ONLY if my sisters horse goes first. I want him to get over this silly fear, but I don't want to beat him because that is how he lost trust in his last owner, and our relationship is already so strong. Help? Its not a HUGE issue, because he still does it. I would just enjoy less of a frantic reaction.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    11-06-2012, 02:55 PM
  #2
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThoroughbredJumper    
My TB Romeo will do absolutely anything in the world I request of him, no matter how stupid my request is (like jumping too far out) he always saves my butt. EXCEPT over a ditch on a trail ride. He. Is. Petrified. GRANTED, he will go over them, ONLY if my sisters horse goes first. I want him to get over this silly fear, but I don't want to beat him because that is how he lost trust in his last owner, and our relationship is already so strong. Help? Its not a HUGE issue, because he still does it. I would just enjoy less of a frantic reaction.
I'm assuming that when you say "over a ditch" you want him to jump it, right?
     
    11-06-2012, 03:05 PM
  #3
Showing
I envision him standing with front legs spread apart as he looks down at the abyss, butt up in the air deciding if he should put all his energy into leaping high or heading for home. Been there. He's not sure what a ditch is. He could sink out of sight. The grass conceals where his feet would go. My silly boy would stop dead at first, survey the situation and either tip toe across or take a flying leap. I just grabbed lots of saddle. But on the way home we could be cantering and he'd cross it like a pro. The funny thing with this horse, he wasn't ever in a hurry to go home. When he hit another trail he had to check it out. More than once we had an argument about going home as I had commitments and he wanted to check more trails.
     
    11-06-2012, 03:15 PM
  #4
Started
Ride him down to the ditch.

Ask him to cross over.
If he refuses: lunge him near the ditch.
Mount and try to cross again.
If he refuses: lunge again.
Mount and try to cross again

Keep doing this until he goes over it. ALWAYS make sure you get back on before trying to cross.
Some horses will follow you over in hand, but not under saddle.

The lunging is teaching him that not crossing equals more work than going over like a good boy.

This is how I taught my mare to go onto a trailer btw ;)
     
    11-06-2012, 03:39 PM
  #5
Yearling
Whats odd, is when we school cross country, he jumps ditches fine. He just doesnt like the ones on the trails. Odd boy. But I agree with Saddlebag! Thanks guys!
Lexiie likes this.
     
    11-06-2012, 03:59 PM
  #6
Trained
I would walk him back and forth in front of it so he can see it out of both eyes.

Then walk him up to it with nice loose reins and a light seat. Let him put his head down to look at it if he wants to, but do not let him turn away from it. You are going to have to be persistent until he crosses it. From the walk he can even step into the ditch if he wants to.
ThoroughbredJumper likes this.
     
    11-06-2012, 05:12 PM
  #7
Green Broke
When you do get him to cross, keep taking him back over it until he walks calmly over it.
Posted via Mobile Device
     
    11-06-2012, 05:19 PM
  #8
Trained
I just watched a Chris Cox ground training program, and he was working a 2yo over and around obstacles, including a ditch. I suggest you copy his training bc it was really a TRUST exercise. Use LOTS AND LOTS OF PRAISE as a reward for his efforts. Use a shallow ditch FIRST. Decide where you want your horse to go down into it, and where to exit. Lunge him to a halt at the bottom. Then walk him to the exit point and lunge him out. Pick different places and demand that he go exactly where you want him to, meaning he can't just jump out after you've asked him to go down. Don't worry if he doesn't listen well, at first, just ask again, and repeat so he understands what you want from him.
Spend numerous sessions here until it's boring and blasse for him.
Find a deeper ditch, preferably one that starts shallow and goes deeper. Do the same exercise, except you will want to enter where it's not too deep. Chris said it's important that the horse experiences success, not fear, so take your time, and try not to ask him to exit where he might slip.
I'm pretty sure this will translate to the ditch on the trail that troubles him. =D
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse acting up on short ditch-like downhill GracielaGata Horse Health 4 08-20-2012 05:33 PM
So how do you jump a ditch? MyBoyPuck Eventing 12 08-09-2011 10:25 AM
Jumping/XC Ditch Critique xxEmilyxx Horse Riding Critique 5 07-24-2011 01:01 PM
Kind of health related: How to ditch a boarder due to poor care? luvs2ride1979 Horse Health 12 05-02-2011 10:33 AM
Ditch Hay Rosebud64 Horse Nutrition 10 08-09-2010 11:39 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0