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Just filling ya'll in on Roger. If you just don't know him, I have been riding him for around nine months now. He likes to take off and is terrified of jumping. . I have been working on retraining him for a few months.
So basically the problems we have been working on are jumping fears and him taking off when he sees other horses. He still takes off with other horses so Im trying to keep him away from them. . we just try to stay out of the group.
I rode him once a few weeks ago in a lesson and he was great. No taking off, very cooperative. I have been working on doing cavaletties and poles with him and he was really nice over the poles.:D
I took a while off for the holiday, and finally rode him again Friday with a couple friends. He was very calm, slow, and laid back. We worked in the beginner ring over cavaletties and cantered up a hill some. He was soo good and at the end his downward transitions were fab!! :mrgreen:
So yepp, really proud of him!! Oh, and if you guys want. . I would love some tips on how to introduce him back to jumping and how to work on his taking off.
 

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Sounds like you guys have made excellent progress! Kudos! :D

Does the taking off only happen under saddle, or does he act like he wants to bolt, for example, if you're leading him in a group, or leading him around the ring while other people are riding? Is it a fearful "get me out of here" kind of taking off, or a "yay, playtime with buddies, too bad for you up there in the saddle" kind of taking off?

If he's more fearful, I'd say build his confidence by slowly increasing the size of the group. Find a horse he gets along well with and ride with just the two of them in the ring. When he's confident, add another horse.

If he's more playing, be sure that you have good control alone. ReiningTrainer just posted a good thread in the Training forum on jiggy horses that may help you test and increase your control of his gaits, speed, and the strength of your "whoa." When you have good control, ride with one other horse (and a rider who's willing to work at the speed you need them to). Work on passing the other horse politely at different gaits, and when he's very comfortable with that, try having the other horse pass you, first at the same gait, and then at a faster gait. Usually if a horse is taking off out of excitement, he will when another horse passes him at a faster gait.

I'll let a more experienced jumper tackle the jumping question. Good work, and good luck! :D
 

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Sounds like you guys have made excellent progress! Kudos! :D

Does the taking off only happen under saddle, or does he act like he wants to bolt, for example, if you're leading him in a group, or leading him around the ring while other people are riding? Is it a fearful "get me out of here" kind of taking off, or a "yay, playtime with buddies, too bad for you up there in the saddle" kind of taking off?
he is sort of rude while we are leading, but he won't take off. It only happens when we're riding.. It's more of a "ohimgosh, my friends are over there. . . why am I over here?" type of bolt. like he'll get close to his buddies and start to go faster to catch up. once we are with them he will stop completely. but he is improving a lot and hasn't bolted much rencently:)

If he's more fearful, I'd say build his confidence by slowly increasing the size of the group. Find a horse he gets along well with and ride with just the two of them in the ring. When he's confident, add another horse.

If he's more playing, be sure that you have good control alone. ReiningTrainer just posted a good thread in the Training forum on jiggy horses that may help you test and increase your control of his gaits, speed, and the strength of your "whoa." When you have good control, ride with one other horse (and a rider who's willing to work at the speed you need them to). Work on passing the other horse politely at different gaits, and when he's very comfortable with that, try having the other horse pass you, first at the same gait, and then at a faster gait. Usually if a horse is taking off out of excitement, he will when another horse passes him at a faster gait.
It's strange, because it's off and on. Somedays I can pass and ride with other riders, adn he is slow and calm. But others he will just bolt his brains out to get with them. So I think I have good control of him, but then it all seems to fade away. :p

I'll let a more experienced jumper tackle the jumping question. Good work, and good luck! :D
thanks for the advice..:)
 
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