Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
Hi and welcome to the forum! Your advice was very helpful! :) I am always excited to get expert's opinions and whatnot.
First of all, if you haven't read my other thread under English riding already, I am having a time with my instructor, who I am finding out is probably actually hindering us more than helping us. My problem is that I live in north central Iowa, and there is NOTHING for hunter/jumper, even English, stuff. No coaches, nothing. I will be going off to university in a year (I go to community college right now), and I am looking to take Rusty with me. Maybe.
And here's background on Rusty: I got him two years ago. He was sort of a pasture puff who went mostly western but a little English. He has big strides, so I took him English. When I first brought him to lessons, Rusty couldn't canter without leaning all his head weight on the reins. He was sooooo heavy. At the time, I had him in a dee ring snaffle. Cantering was awful, especially to a jump, and he was unresponsive to the bit as he was leaning so much. My instructor switched him to a mullen mouth pelham, which has seemed to help. At least we can canter comfortably. However, I want to do this the right way, and I know he still gets lean-y. His neck does tie in too low to the shoulder and he's got a very long neck, so I can see that his body works against him.
As for me, I have been jumping seriously for a year, although apparently my instructor "forgot" to tell me that my position was horrible.
I would love to have Rusty in full training. But as a college student, I don't know if I will be able to do that. I guess I'd like to know if Rusty has enough potential to be a great hunter. He's very willing to any types of jumps, and even if he wasn't hunter type-y, I'd love to do some eventing...someday when my position isn't so awful.
It's obvious my instructor has left a lot in question for me. I'd really like to know how good my horse could be at the hunters or even at eventing. And, I'd like to know what I need to do to get him off the forehand that he slobs along on.
Sigh...why can't any of you instructors live in Iowa? Why the east and west coast? I swear I'm going to college on one of the coasts and bringing my horse. Maybe then I can get instruction that will make progress.