my horse likes to stop after every jump... HELP!
my horse is a good horse. he has good papers, a decent bloodline, and a steady and patient behavior, however; he is very very VERY sluggish when it comes to jumping. whenever we jump, it goes like this:
step 1- go on in steady gallop pace
step 2- approach the jump
step 3- jump
step 4- SLAM on the breaks, stop dead in tracks, and wont budge
he doesnt even gallop very well with me. we gallop a few meters, and then he stops, and no matter how I use the leg aids, or the crop, he wont stop stopping.
when he stops, I usually have to make him gallop all over again, then to have him stop.... AGAIN!!!
I am so desperate....
any advice???? I AM SO WORRIED
what if I can never compete in shows, because he stops. what if I am not good enough of a rider.
should I give up????