Is he doubting himself, or can he really not do it?
So I've been teaching my 14 y/o QH to jump hunters, and he did AMAZING! We've shown up to 2'3. We started jumping in July of 2010, and he did great, and then during his first show this year (we only did Hunter Hack) he had nerves and I ended up falling twice at the show when he refused. After that, we schooled for about a month straight then went to a show and placed 1st in crossrails! So now, I'm at home schooling some more, hoping to be able to show higher next show season, and pretty much only concentrating on flat classes at the rest of the shows this year. I tried jumping 2'6 at home, and he didn't refuse or run-out, he actually jumped it, but he kept knocking the pole. I kept trying, but he couldn't clear it. He didn't ever try to refuse it or anything like that, so I tried it in-hand, and then he refused. I cannot free jump him for multiple reasons, otherwise I would try that. Anyway, my question is, is it possible that he physically can't jump that? He's 16.2 hh, so I really don't see how he can't. Is it because I don't have any fillers under the jump? Should I add some and see? Any exercises I could try? Thank you for reading, please help me out!
Also, anybody have any good jumping exercises for hunters? I've done the same gymnastics and courses over and over, lol.
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