Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Hmm, that is a toughie. I recommend not doing a course in full; take a jump, drop to a trot or walk, do a circle, come back to the jump, move on to the next one, drop down to a trot/walk, circle.. etc.. you get the picture. It takes a lot of time and patience, but it might work. Praise him when he comes down to the slower gait without resisting.
Another thing you can do is: go over the jump, stop, turn around (on the haunches or forehand, make him work, don't just turn) and head back over the jump, stop, turn, jump, stop, turn, jump, until he understands that he needs to be calm about it. Praise him when he stops calmly.
And of course, if your horse bucks, pull his nose around to his girth when you feel him hunch up - that position is neutral, and the horse can do nothing but turn around into your hand.
Let me know if any of these sound like they'd work - if not, then I'll dust off my brain some more...
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