I am going to start riding a horse named JD, he is a 14 year old Egyptian Arabian gelding and probably stands between 14hh and 15hh. I haven't actually met him yet, he is a friends horse. Now from what my friend has told me about this gelding he is a very good boy, my boyfriend rode this horse and he was a complete beginner had only ever been on a horse once before, and JD did pretty well with him.
Now the thing is that I am going to be doing jumpers with JD and probably cross country if he takes to it alright. My friend has told me that JD is their best jumper and that he is speedy and jumps really well around courses. The only problem is that from what my friend has said, JD has a problem with refusing more than the other horses do. I now how to stay on during a refusal and am pretty used to them from when I first started bonding and learning to jump with Junior. My friend believes that JD refuses sometimes because he loses his confidence and gets intimidated.
Any thoughts or ideas on how to work with him on his confidence and not getting intimidated while jumping? When I do start riding him I will let you know if he feels like he is just being stubborn or if he is really just trying to work with poor confidence. I don't think it is the stubborness cause as I said he was wonderful for my boyfriend. It could also be that he needs a rider that is more willing to push him forward, I don't know the full situation yet.
But anyway any thoughts or ideas on exercises to do with him would be great :] I have high hopes of using him as my next competition horse and possibly doing BN eventing with him.