Forgetting his manners?
Both me an my horse are into dressage -- although we both had our start in jumping. Its been a few months since I jumped, and a few months since he had jumped. When I bought him he had a long standing rep. In the jumping field, but his old owners really didn't do much with getting him flexible and bending and such. When I got him, that's all we did. We got him into a frame and his old 4 beat canter is 99% better. So, he has made ALOT of progress, so my trainer thought it might be a good idea to have a jumping lesson, just to shake things up a bit.
The lesson was a mess! It was like he forgot completely what we had worked on. He was throwing his head up after every jump and he was putting the entirity of his weight in my hands and really became shut down in his mouth. I don't have rough hands. Im not a fan of having to jerk his month and pull on him, im more of a body person. But when he is determined to pull me forward its sort of hard to do much with your body. And he's a big horse, so having him forgetting his manners and becoming a real head weight is a problem.
Does anyone have some excersizes or tips on how to fix this? I know I wasn't at my best but a horse with his experience shouldn't be dragging me around. He's a total sweet heart and not an aggressive horse in the slightest, but while jumping he just becomes a little hot head and he gets into this " ima jump weather you like it or not" type of attitude.
Last edited by Lonannuniel; 03-30-2010 at 11:56 PM.
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