I m riding Nero. A lovely stubborn -probably Bulgarian- 15yrs old male horse (no stallion).
He used to be a great jumper, but after working too much, he got a problem on his front leg and whenever he works hard or jumps high, his walking lame.
Added to his leg problem it's his behavior. Whenever he feels like it, he starts bucking-half rearing, side jumping and rodeo.
The above led him to stay out of saddle for very long time. Since August, I m riding him and I m set small goal, some of them achieved, some of them not yet.
My problem is that I don't have a trainer and the horse is not allow to be removed to another place for training, so most of the work to be done, I have to do it by myself. Sometimes my boyfriend comes to take photos to look how I ride, but that's all he can do, since he is not into the horses thing.
I guess I ll be jumping from this thread to the one in critique place, depends my needs. But because it's my first time trying such a thing without anyone professional, I d appreciate your opinion, tips, guides, whatever you could give me on my training effort.
To begin with, below are my goals for Nero's training :
1. Trot and canter with no pain, no lame leg (achieved after 1 month)
2. Circles in trot and canter, without changing his type of movement I.e. From canter to walk (achieved)
3. Halt square - almost achieved
4. Start trot after halt - achieved
5. Perform the Children's Preliminary Test of FEI - achieved but needs more practise
6. Trot and canter over ground polls (not achieved. He does so, but after a while he goes mad)
7. Jump low fences - ok
8. Jump exersices of low high - not tried yet
9. Jump a round of fences - not tried yet
10. Jump a round of fences equal to the lowest level of national competition (1m)- not tried yet.
This week, I want to work my transitions. From canter to trot and trot to canter.
One thing I v noticed is that from trot to canter, he rounds and lowers his neck just for the first stride. How can I avoid this? I ll upload photos-video whenever possible.
Also, from canter to trot, I think he goes as if surprised, althouth I try to get him into the idea, first with legs and then with hands. Any suggestion here, about how to soften his transition?
Thanks in advance!