Some problems we've run into.
I just want to start off by saying that I don't want this to become a hate thread, or whatever, I know they tend to do that lol. Anyways lets get going shall we?
My guy is a 7 year old, never raced TB, who I have completely trained myself thus far. Last summer we finally got up to jumping 2'6". I haven't jumped hardly at all this winter, mainly because the arena has been as hard as a rock, and because we've run into some problems. Towards the end of the summer/early fall, he started rushing the jumps. Now mind you, when we jumped the 2'6" I had him going over that for about a week, and I was satisfied, so we moved back down to work on more gymnastics and flatwork, which has come along very nicely. Not only has he started rushing, but he's jumping too dangerously close to the right standard of the jumps. I can get him there as straight as a needle, and he takes off crooked. Not even the stride before the jump, literally jumps crooked lol. He's perfectly straight in all his flatwork/over poles and crossrails (most of the time) There is another girl at the barn, who is quite the accomplished rider, and it shows in her own horse. She wanted to get on him the other day just for fun, and took him over a 2'6" jump, (he ducked out twice, probably because he hadn't seen one that high in a while, but just the fact that she was able to get him over it amazed me.) It probably wasn't the best idea, but it happened. He was rushing and jumping crooked beforehand anyway. All I want to know, is if you guys have had any experience dealing with this. Mainly the jumping crooked part lol. The last time I really jumped him was a few months ago, and my foot took one of the standards down. (Not fun) I'm going to have my mom contact one of my old trainers, who I adored, but we haven't had the finances to have any lessons lately, so I've been kinda on my own. Which is why I've backed down and haven't tried anything new. I know the normal canter poles, and transitions, but those just don't seem to help. He even rushes when we canter over ground poles, just doesn't go crooked lol. Ramble over lol. Thanks guys :) If you have any other questions that might help you figure it out more, don't be afraid to ask.