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    10-22-2010, 09:25 PM
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Question The horse im looking at her owner says she doesnt like to jump anymore

Okay so I am looking at this 12 year old Thoroughbred. The owner says that she used to be a Prelim Eventer when she was younger but her trainer rushed her and she no longer likes to jump. She said that where she boards the trainer is one of the best where we are. She says she will jump way before a jump or not at all. The only reason she likes to jump on a fox hunt is because of the hunt mentality for the horses. Now I've been riding for 5 years and my first horse was "burnt out" when it came to jumping well me and my trainer took her back to basics and started to teach her not to be afraid to jump. We started her back on trotting over ground poles and worked our way up. Well at the end of 6 months me and my trainer hade her back to jumping 2'6''. The thoroughbreds owner says she's (the trainer)tried multiple times with no success because it's unsafe to jump where she takes off. Well my trainer (who by the way has been training hunter/jumper horses for thirty years) says that alot of eveter trainers (NOT ALL!!!) tend to rush their horses and not take their time training the horse to jump confidently and correctly and they get burnt out. She told me a reason the horse could be jumping early is because she realizes she can not put another stride in. And refusing could be cause by doubt (because they know the horse doesnt like to jump) or dropping of shoulders.
Well I need some advice I really like this mare and I do believe we can work her back into jumping with time and patience.
     
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    10-22-2010, 09:56 PM
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Green Broke
Can't you just make it fun for her?
Maybe she was started to early and doesn't really enjoy it anymore. I don't really know but I think I read it somewhere ages ago.
     
    10-22-2010, 10:09 PM
  #3
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Thanks do you have any advice in how to make it fun?
     
    10-23-2010, 05:41 PM
  #4
Weanling
Time and patients would be the answer. Staying low and jumping grids. However, I probably would let this horse go to someone else who is looking for a flat or fox hunter. Horses can be rehabilitated, but it sounds like someone has already found this horses bottom, a switch in discipline may be best for it.
     
    10-23-2010, 05:45 PM
  #5
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Horses don't get to decide what they like and what they don't like. The girl that rides my pony for me (as I am too tall) Says taylor doesnt like draw reins, or trotting crossrails, well for now on everytime she rides him she is to ride with draw reins and to trot cross rails.
     
    10-23-2010, 05:53 PM
  #6
Weanling
What you are talking about is discipline not ability.

Should every horse be able to take a fence... Yes. But not all horses are physically or more importantly Mentally able to.

I rode a very lovely TB mare that had failed out on the track because she was strong willed and didn't particularly like the gate. She was pushed too fast when they attempted to make her a hunter. And now she is hit or miss on jumping. You demand she says no... ask nicely she might jump.

I worked with her for a full year, had her coursing 3' but she was never consistent. She would just stop and shut down over fences. A lot of people would say take a crop... the horse has to want to do it, you can't force them.

Like they say you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make 'em drink. Same goes for any other aspect of riding.

If the horse does not like to jump, why force it to? Especially when you don't own it. Why not look for something that enjoys it's job.

The mare I rode, she's now schooling 4th level... seems we had a dressage princess on our hands. She doesn't balk no matter what you asked there.
     
    10-23-2010, 05:57 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I know my moms mare I tried jumping and she hated stadium jumps, but would willingly go over any cross country jump.
     
    10-23-2010, 06:17 PM
  #8
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Well she was successful in prelim but constant training burnt her out I think with time and going back to basics will get her back into it. It's not like the day after I get her ill be trying to jump her 3'.
     
    10-23-2010, 08:05 PM
  #9
Trained
Horses don't get to decide what they like and what they don't like. The girl that
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rides my pony for me (as I am too tall) Says taylor doesnt like draw reins, or trotting crossrails, well for now on everytime she rides him she is to ride with draw reins and to trot cross rails.
As I learnt from an Olympic Jumper, Ian Millar, when I cliniced with him eons ago was "A good rider conforms to their horse, a poor rider makes their horse conform to them"


Food For Thought.
     
    10-23-2010, 08:32 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ponyjumper    
horses don't get to decide what they like and what they don't like. The girl that rides my pony for me (as I am too tall) Says taylor doesnt like draw reins, or trotting crossrails, well for now on everytime she rides him she is to ride with draw reins and to trot cross rails.
This to me is a terrible attitude. You have the chance to let this horse move on to something it enjoys, where it might actually preform better or force it to continue jumping. Yes, working with this horse may "fix" her aversion to jumping but doesn't mean you should do it. Horses who enjoy themselves preform better. I say let this mare go and find something that LIKES to jump.

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Originally Posted by MIEventer    

As I learnt from an Olympic Jumper, Ian Millar, when I cliniced with him eons ago was "A good rider conforms to their horse, a poor rider makes their horse conform to them"
^^Love it!!
     

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