Hi! So a couple months ago I posted something, about a horse that I was riding, about him being really fast and running through my hand when we jumped. Well it's riding season again and I am determined to fix this problem. I was talking to my trainer about it and she said it was because he wasn't balanced and he was insecure about that.
Now since I am the one getting him back into shape, I want to work really really hard on all of the important little stuff like walk trot and canter.
So, Pie is a great little guy. He is super up and tons of fun. BUT when trotting or cantering he sticks his head down below the bit and when you give him leg he just moves faster, sometimes putting his head back up. I haven't been doing much canter work because I don't want to have him hand galloping around. I want to teach him how to become round, but with him being a butthead about the whole leg thing I am not sure how to go about doing so. Also when he gets done with a workout (when I am not yet done) he sticks his head down and really prances around. We are going to switch up his bit (hopefully-he is in a mullen-mouth and he doesn't need it) And I am going to do a lot of gymnastics and smaller cavaletti work, but I was wondering if anyone else had a problem like this and if there was any advice to be given.
He is NOT in pain, he is the most happy horse to be working. He loves the ring and has no spook. He knows whoa he just doesn't do whoa when jumping, which I will be working on along with the balancing thing.
Anyways, I hope I can get some insight on this problem because it is very frustrating. Thanks :)
Lots of transitions! That's what I do with my gelding. I don't jump, but maybe a lot of halts after a jump would help?
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Half halts, transitions, and circles! My gelding is very speedy too. When he gets to speedy we try half halts and if he doesn't respond to those we do a 6 meter circle and continue on.
My mare, Liz, sounds like Pie. Transitions get her really frustrated... she ends up throwing a hissy fit! What works best for her is setting her mind on something other than running- figure 8's, circles, serpentines, random squiggles that keeps her guessing.
Half halts are a great tool when used properly. Before I bought Lizzie, she was a lesson horse and half halts were used way too often. She learned to ignore them completely and once I bought her, it took a long time for her to listen to half halts again.
Liz and I don't jump much anymore, but when she was younger we popped over some jumps now and then. She would bolt a few strides out and leap and then be perfect and calm after the jump. What I would do was set up a small crossrail and walk her up to it. She would have to go over at a walk or I turned her right before we go there. We eventually did this at a trot also... if she started getting her brain set on taking off leading up to the jump, I turned her fast and made her go around it. She was never allowed to jump if she tried to take off leading up to it.
Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you!
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