Okay, so I have been doing jumps on my mare Annie all winter. I posted a thread about starting her and then I contacted her old owners....She's already broke to jump! Hmph! Would've helped to know that earlier.
So I have logs and stuff thrown over the trail and I jump those when I can't get to an arena. I have never had a problem with refusing. She has never refused ANYTHING I put her in front of.
But lately, I go down the same trall we always do and I ask her to jump a little log (Hardly 2 feet) and she takes off, btu then decides to shut down and jerks her way to a stop, which nearly sends me over her neck. I'm collecting her, pushing her forward and getting up on her neck like I have always done, but for some reason she's just shutting down. The footing is good....Better than the arena I think, actually....and she isn't lame anywhere. I've already gotten her semi-annual vet check before show season. The saddle fitter is convinced the saddle is fine, and her bridle fits too. So what's wrong?
She had so much jumping heart this witner on the circuit. Now it's just depleting rapidly and I can't find any physical reason why she would be acting up all of the sudden....She just shuts down.
Opinions would be nice. Thanks