So! I ride this pinto named Pie, he's super fun and really sweet. BUT to the jumps hes SO AGGRAVATING. He pulls. And not just a little pull, a lot. And he sticks his head up (nick named "Giraffe") and just goes. I try pulling, sitting deeper, slowing down, stoping right after the jump (which doesn't work with him because he legit just keeps on running) and trotting into a line. They aren't huge jumps but I am sick of being pulled to them. Any suggestions? It would be GREAT if I could figure him out BEFORE the next show season starts.
Sounds like he could be in pain. Does his tack fit? When were his teeth last done?
His tack fits, and I am not sure, but I don't think long ago. He's not bad either hes just pulley. He also wears a curb chain....it doesn't help much.
I would get his teeth looked at... What type of bit do you use?
Is he charging to the jump? Try doing some more half halts to stop him from surfing forward if so.
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Video would be helpful on this thread so we can see what exactly is happening before, going over, and after the jump. The simple answer would be if he's pulling coming into the jump, dont let him jump. Do circles by the jump until you get him how you want him and then head for the jump. But again, video would be most helpful
a video would be very helpful !
without one i would suggest going back down to pole work for a couple weeks. practice trotting over a single pole as if it were a jump. line up straight to it, half halt, lighten your seat and give with your hand a few strides out. this way you will teach him that he doesnt need to pull on you, because you wont be pulling on him in front of the jump.
My paint is pretty hot. When we first started jumping he would tend to take me for a drag. I changed his bit to something a little more... and i started jumping him through questions that took a little more thought on his part. trot in to a bounce, to a three stride oxer coming out. Corner fences. Flower boxes and roll tops.
In the picture here we were jumping a simple grid, but the canter poles in the middle of the lines made it impossible for him to rush the fence. It is really quite helpful.
I don't know if this is helpful, but definitely make sure he is getting a release from the bit. Work with him with no jumps around, he may be getting dead to the bit, and make sure he's responsive when you need him to be, but gets his mouth when he has done something correctly. You may have too much contact without realizing it, since he seems to not pay attention to the bit at all, and therefor he figures once hes over the jump (if thats what he thinks hes supposed to do) he'll get his head. This may totally not be the problem at all! Its just an idea :)
I will try and get a video up soonish.
BUT circling doesn't work because he doesn't listen. He just keeps on doing what he does best and goes straight at the jump. I know it's not only me who has this problem because I've seen other people ride him and he just throws his head up and goes. Half halting works on the flat but not as much over fences....and I give him a release over the fence so I don't hit him in the mouth.
His bit looks something like this.
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