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  • Horse putting in sudden refusals

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    11-16-2009, 05:01 PM
^Very, very, very true!
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    11-16-2009, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    

Good for you. That shows a responsible, mature rider.

As Ian Millar Says - A Good Rider blames themselves, and a poor rider blames their horse.
Thanks, sometimes I just want to scream at Chinga because he refuses. But he knows when my heels are down and when they are not. He refuses if they are not. It can suck sometimes, but it teaches me to keep my heels down. I never have once cracked up at Chinga about refusing, because its always been my fault.
    11-16-2009, 05:49 PM
When a person's heels are down it also helps to keep you in the saddle when your horse makes a sudden refusal at a jump, or should I say "due to possible rider error the horse was uncomfortable/nervous/etc and decided to cease forward momentum in front of the jump".
    11-16-2009, 08:16 PM
^ Lol :]
    11-16-2009, 08:21 PM
I would recommend lunging her over some small jumps, and if she clears them fine then take her up to some larger jumps. And riding her, you need to take her down to a lower jump. And give it a chance for both of you to regain your confidence. If she refuses she's afraid of the jump, and needs a smaller one till she is confident in her self. Hope this helps!
    11-16-2009, 08:24 PM
He refuses if they are not
Your heels are your basis to solidity in your tack - if you do not have a strong and developed, balanced seat.

Your heels not only anchor you, but also aids your inner calf to do its job - which is to remain solid and supportive around your horses girth.

I find, that when I loose my heels, I loose my supportiveness around my horses girth, which then causes him to feel "abandoned" I guess you could say - and he stops. Like saying "woah, where'd you go? If you aren't going over, neither am I"

Also, when you don't use your anchor, a domino effect occurs in your body - which results in losing your seat, and etc, etc.

It's hard to say what exactly goes on when you loose your heels without seeing a vid, but my guess is what I've stated - you lost your inner calf, your lower leg results and etc, etc - which then creates the refusal because you've abandoned your horse at the base of the fence.

Not all horses require that, many just do their jobs regardless of rider error - which helps and doesn't help their rider at the same time.

I cherrish those horses who don't continue to do their jobs due to rider error, because those horses, are truely teaching us to become more effective, correct riders.
    11-16-2009, 08:31 PM
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Thanks guys, I love that he won't jump unless my heels are down. Sounds like the same thing that happens to you is what happens to me, we've only ever had two refusals :). Mind you he has only just started this, I'm proud of him because I trained him to jump.
    11-16-2009, 08:47 PM
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IM glad I made this post! I can see its helping a lot of people!

Just by remembering what MIE always says it changed chance over jumps totally to where she was offering and wanting to jump which made it easier to really focus on me!

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