Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Canterbury, NZ
• Horses: 0
agreeed with starlinestables.. take the 'heating' food out of his diet (if there is any) and add a calming suppliment. Then start with his tack.. Saddle maybe pinching when he's jumping, so he wants to get it over & done with as soon as he can. Bit might be pinching his mouth.
Then get a chiro & dentist out to him. See if he's sore anywhere..
Once you have ruled out sore-ness, then you can start working on behaviour. If he was sore, it WILL take a long time for him to realise 'hey im not sore anymore' so bare with him 2weeks before you start on the behaviour side.
Lots & lots & lots of flatwork schooling. 'Stop' when I say stop. 'Slow' when I say slow. 'Go' when I say go. Get him really listening to you. When this is perfected and his reactions are instant to your aids, then start with poles on the ground..
Scatter them around the paddock/arena and just flat school him around & over them. Keep him thinking. 'Stop' when I say stop. 'Slow' when I say slow ect ect.
Once he has perfected this. Add wings to the ends of each pole. And keep doing the same thing. Once he has perfected that, then raise one end of the pole.
Its going to be a looooong process. Taken me two years, and we still have a long way to go.
Another thing to think about aswell is.. are you holding him back and fighting with him??
Do you tense up??
If you do, work on YOU before the horse.. you may find after saddle/chiro/bit/dentist has been checked and youve sorted yourself out, he may be a different horse..
I don't know you or your horses so don't take offence to any of this. I've just seen most cases its the tack & rider that have been the problem, not the horse :)