Originally Posted by sparky
When I started actually jumping Freckles I would have the same problem. He was fine with trot poles on the ground, go straight over them forward and not zig zaggy. When I started jumping him I had just one jump and he was fine. It was when I started putting more poles and jumps in a row. Let me explain
I have a trot pole, distance, trot pole, about 6m and then a 20cm jump (that's when I first started). He would go straight over the 2 trot poles when we were trotting, then zig zag up to the jump. I went back and I made him walk over all the poles and jump, never let him trot. When he was able to walk from the poles and over the jump without any zig zagging, we progressed to trotting. I haven't cantered him over any jumps yet, but he is easily now doing one trot pole, distance, 20cm jump, 6m, 60cm jump. It just take a bit of time a patience.
ah yes, patience :) fortunately, i have plenty of that.
we went for a ride through some forest today and i decided to go for
a canter up a track. i got to the top, turned her left and there was a big log down over the track. i swear that wasnt there last time i went up there
there was no way around it so i urged her on and she cleared it. and then she stopped!!! :) i was fully prepared for her to bolt lol it was only about 1" high but i was pretty excited so i tried finding more places that had some natural jumps and maybe a few close together. she was pretty excited by this point and in the mood for a run so i thought doing some jumps where she is feeling happy and comfortable might help build her confidence.
she jumped everything!!!! she clipped her back nearside hoof once but other than that she did really well. when we got back, i took her straight over my jumps and she did fine. i did them about a dozen times and she didnt zig zag once :)
hopefully next time i try she remembers today. if not, we can always go forest jumping again until she builds up enough confidence to do them happily all the time :)
feels like ive made some sort of progress though which is good :)