Hesitating Before Jumps
Hi! My POA gelding, Specs, and I are learning to jump together, neither one of us has done much jumping before, but we're learning together and so far he's coming along great, and I'm getting the whole 2-point thing down. I had a few questions/concerns/problems.
Specs tends to 'walk' or 'semi-hop' over the small crossrails when I'm leading him over them. I'll trot him toward it an he'll just like pick up his feet and walk over it... Now, with a slightly taller (1 foot ish jump or a log) he'll actually jump it, buit with tiny fences he'll just-- not try. He'll take it like a ground pole. :P Help?
And to the more important problem -- When I'm riding him towards a jump (at either a trot or a canter) he'll seem to hesitate before the jump... But he almost always makes it over, but I can/feel him get nervous like a stride or 2 away from the jump, then hesitate, then decide it's ok, then jump it... I've tried carrying a crop and really really encouraging him before it, and it works, but I don't really like using a crop very often and I'd like to fix the problem without one.
Any advice for me?
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