Jumping A Green Horse
Hi! I've been working with this horse Taffy (not my horse) because her owner asked me too. Taffy is a 15 hand welsh/throughbred horse who is eight years old. Her owner is too scared to ride her because she sometimes refuses jumps. I think the reason she refuses is because her owner didn't spend time on the basics of jumping, and rushed straight to the big jumps. She's perfect on the flat and has really good manners, and is actually an amazing jumper. She'll do a single vertical or oxer really well without refusing. When you get to combinations, lines, bounces, and other jumping exercises she freezes up. With the bounces she'll try to jump them all at once, or she just won't do them. I've been jumping her really low (1ft and under) and just trying her over different exercises to get her confidence back up. If you guys have any ideas of exercises or tips for working with her, I could use them! Thank you!
~And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears ~