07-08-2009, 04:31 AM
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Did you get a vet when the bridle cut up Pumpkins mouth? Depending where he is cut it could get infected and cause an abcess. You should always check your gear before you ride and it is quite easy to tell if leather is on it's way out.
My advice is to listen to what a lot of people are telling you on here, there are some great ideas. PLEASE take Chinga back to some gymnastic excercises to help with his jumping; If you are training your horse to jump you should have some idea of what these are. I really hope you start to work closely with a trainer, I think it would be in your best interests.
To put it in perspective, i've been training my gelding to jump. I've had him coming close to a year. (you'll have to convert this to feet to understand what i'm saying) I've been teaching him to jump, find his stride, keep a steady rythym and bend, have a good approach etc this whole time, yet I am still only competing at 55cm and training at 65cm. I know he has the ability to one day do 1m plus, but becuase I want him to do it calm, controlled and supple I am taking him slow and making sure he has a good foundation.