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post #1 of 10 Old 07-16-2011, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Horse sucking back at fences - Help

My daughter's flashy 14 3/8 large pony can jump 3' from a standstill if he chooses, but for some reason does not seem to have a lot of heart or desire to help her in a class. Over hunter courses (2' 6") he will go forward beautifully at roughly 6 fences, but for some reason will suck back at one or two fences, putting her down in the ribbons. (No similarity in the fences he chooses to suck back at). She uses lots of leg when she feels him start to back off, but to no avail. Her trainer is thoroughly frustrated with him. Can anyone think of some exercises, gymnastics, calisthenics or any horse-psychology that might help??? Much appreciated.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-17-2011, 11:06 AM
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Any chance your daughter just stops riding toward the end of the course in anticipation of it being almost over? That's more likely the cause than a horse who is good for all the fences except the last two.

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-17-2011, 11:49 AM
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Videos would be helpful :)

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-17-2011, 02:20 PM
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has anyone else ridden the horse and had the same problem? When I have trouble with my horses my trainer gets on and schools them. She, of course, goes around like a champ and usually affirms the fact that it's rider error.

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-22-2011, 03:21 AM
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This worked perfectly with my lazy horse, he didnt want to jump, so I got the lunge line and set up a jump, and on the other side I put a bucket of grain with 1 handful of grain, and I got him to jump it, and he discovered the bucket of grain.
The next day I did the same thing, and on the third day I set up 2 jumps and put the bucket of grain on the other side of the second jump, and he found it there, and by the 5'th day he was jumping happily over 3.5' fences looking for a bucket of grain. Hopes this helps.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-22-2011, 05:16 AM
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This worked perfectly with my lazy horse, he didnt want to jump, so I got the lunge line and set up a jump, and on the other side I put a bucket of grain with 1 handful of grain, and I got him to jump it, and he discovered the bucket of grain.
The next day I did the same thing, and on the third day I set up 2 jumps and put the bucket of grain on the other side of the second jump, and he found it there, and by the 5'th day he was jumping happily over 3.5' fences looking for a bucket of grain. Hopes this helps.
hey. Sorry I can't contribute to the topic since i'm only just starting to jump myself, but in reply to the other post, won't your horse just stop jumping when he discovers there isn't a bucket of grain at the other side of the jump? Just wondering
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-22-2011, 08:04 AM
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hey. Sorry I can't contribute to the topic since i'm only just starting to jump myself, but in reply to the other post, won't your horse just stop jumping when he discovers there isn't a bucket of grain at the other side of the jump? Just wondering

No he wont just stop jumping when he realised there is no bucket of feed there its all about confidence with the horse like when you load a horse with a handful of feed I think " golden pony" technique works well with young or scared horses, x
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-26-2011, 02:43 PM
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Has he always done this, or is this something new?
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Is he sucking back because he is spooking or just doesnt want to go forward? Is he doing this to fences going away from the gate or coming by the gate? Closer to the far end of the arena? Fences your daughter may think might cause the pony to back off resulting in a defensive ride? He may just need someone with more experience to give him a little tap with the whip in front of a few fences to encourage him to keep going in front of the fence. Sometimes ponies with green riders become defensive if the kids make too many mistakes and are anticpiating getting caught in the mouth over a fence or similar things our ponies must put up with when kids are learning. Are you sure it's the pony backing up and not your daughter slowing him up trying to find a distance? It's hard to answert his question without seeing the pony go.
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Has he always done this, or is this something new?
I think this is a very important question that needs an answer before much advice can be given.
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