Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
If he's is avoiding the jumps in canter it is because he is not confident or comfortable enough to go over it, in other words his training level is not there yet.
The horse has to be super confident in both himself and you that he knows how, and when to take himself over a jump without hurting himself. This means quite extensive training in which he learns how to pace himself, when to take off, how to provide sufficient impulsion, how to pick himself up over the jump, how to land safely and how to move away. If he hasn't got all of those skills then he is going to take the easy option and avoid the jump.
Putting spurs on him could achieve a number of things -
- you may force him to take himself over a jump that he is not confident about. This can only have an instant bad ending when he knocks himself (or worse) thus proving to him that he should try harder to ignore you
- or he may choose to ignore the spurs totally thus worsening the relationship he has with you
Teaching you how to do this properly from here is impossible - setting up jumps and placing poles and watching you and your horse and providing on the ground correction and advice is not possible on the internet screen. Therefore I agree with the other advice - get to a trainer and enjoy learning.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.