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post #1 of 3 Old 05-25-2020, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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I need help with motivation.

Okay so I’m a 16 year old and I’ve been riding for about 5 or 6 years now, the last 3 or so I have been competitively jumping at hunter shows and dressage shows, mostly schooling ones though. The horse I showed, Rocky, was my moms and he is the best, he’s just a been there done that kinda guy and not much phases him. I love jumping him and still take lessons and ride him and stuff. However, about 2 summers ago, we moved to our own farm and got a second horse so that I could do higher level shows. I knew he had to be trained more, but I didn’t really realize how much work it would be. He is an OTTB and he usually has a sweet personality, but can be super naughty when we’re doing ringwork. His name is Pi. I want to jump and show him eventually but honestly right now that seems impossible, he is so hard to ride under saddle and he has a mean rear, and recently started a new bolting thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love him a lot and he isn’t always so bad, for a while there he wa a jumping and working regularly. He is also a great trail horse so we hack often, but it’s just not what I wanted to do with him.
Our ring is an outdoor grass ring and it is misshapen so it’s hard to ride in to begin with, because I don’t even know where the sides of the ring are, so how would he?

Basically, I’ve been feeling really down about how we haven’t made much progress and that’s made me be even worse about riding regularly. I’ve always been kinda like that, it’s hard for me to ride everyday, but it’s gotten worse. I just don’t know what to do and how to make Pi become more enjoyable to ride. I’ve been spending some time recently at a Hunter stable across the road where I love the coach and I take lessons on Rocky and some of her horses and I exercise some of her horses, and it’s really hard because they are all so great and my coach even offered for me to show some of them when shows are back on (probably next summer lol) and they are all such great rides, and then I get home and think “oh now I have to ride Pi” as if it’s a chore. I really was looking forward when we first got him because he was so sweet and he has so much potential, and I thought getting him trained in jumping would be so rewarding because I never liked to idea of just getting on a push-button pony and winning a million ribbons just because the horse had already done it a thousand times.

Sorry for the rambling paragraphs. Basically I need help with how to train Pi and what to do with him and now I can motivate myself to ride. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-26-2020, 09:18 AM
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It sounds to me like you need to focus on riding the horse you *have* not the horse you want him to be.

I'm facing this right now with helping a woman out with her four year old gelding. She wants him to already be jumping. I'm happy when I just get a nice relaxed trot. She wants to put a running martingale on him to get his head down. I want him to relax into work and seek contact to get there on his own. She wants to event him. I'm still just trying to get a nice canter depart.

You want to show? Show the nice hunters across the road!! In the meantime, take things SLOWLY with Pi and get relaxation out of both of you. When you're BOTH going in a relaxed way, consistently, you can start to add in small things, one at a time, to expand your comfort zone. But always bring it back to that relaxed place. And don't try to make this season a show season with him. Maybe not even next year. Put the horse's development before your own goals!! And if you don't want to put that time and work in, that's absolutely fine, but sell him on to someone who will.
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Also, if this behaviour is new, he needs to be checked for ulcers and for pain. Health changes like those can cause the bolting and rearing and general weirdness, if it isn't a training issue.
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