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VickyC

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VickyC says:

Advice needed - help!!

 I've been regaining my confidence now for a while, so when the lady who competed him stopped I thought I should get my act together and start doing it again myself.  So I arranged a joint lesson with a girl from where I keep my horse and with our instructress (who also has a horse at same yard) and to go to a show the following weekend. Well both occasion I ended up on the floor over 2'3" fences with fillers he stops and ducks to the right if I get even slightly in front of the movement, and pulls me forward and rushes.  I've been working on his rushing by circling if he gets to strong and not pulling back, oh and also trying to keep my hands down. Now the worse bit, I felt so depressed after trying to be positive and just getting more and more frightened.  So they both encouraged me and I agreed to teach him he cant be naughty (he is not inexperienced) so my instructress rode him and when he stopped the other girl smacked him straight away with a lunge whip, and funnily enough he did not stop again for her.  The next time  I rode him in the menage he was very spooky and I nearly fell off again as for no reason we were trotting on the right rein then he spun 180 and wont trot past the fillers. (though I suppose some days he is like this anyway). Sorry I've gone on anyway the question is they have said he wont learn straight away and it needs backing up with more of the same until he learns there are consequences for his actions? I'm not sure? Though I know something has to change as its ruining my enjoyment and confidence?

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VickyC

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VickyC says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

Well I've decided that if it feels wrong, it is wrong for Boo and I.  Its down to me as advice is different or not at all from others, so I shall just have to listen to my gut feeling on it.

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_slinky_

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_slinky_ says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

How about you take down all the jumps ie poles on the floor, and just practise riding over those for a while. You could then work towards placing fillers in front of the wings and riding past them with the pole still on the floor.

Don't give up, keep trying, but take things really steady, without the excitement of the jump it will help by giving you both a bit more thinking time, and you'll be able to concentrate much moe on riding positively and straight without the scary bit.

Time and small steps is the best the way

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

Totally OT but SLINKS!!!!!!! =D xxx

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JessBSJA

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JessBSJA says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

I think that getting the instructor to ride him at a show would be a good idea, as he didn't stop fpr her. I didn't think that smacking him with a lunging whip is the best idea. I think you should maybe take your horse to a show, and not enter classes, just jump him in the warm - up to get him used to the atmosphere. Remember, your horse might be nervous and frightened, rather than being naughty. Riding in the school with fillers in there, just in the middle of the school might also help him with his fear of the fillers, do not force him to go near them, just get him used to them. When riding him at home, warming - up to get him relaxed is good.

I hope I helped! Sorry if I'm useless though...

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Miss Moss

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Miss Moss says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

dont give up, just take it really slpow and build it up!!! even if you go to a show and just ride around in walk and just build it up until you both are feeling confident. Theres no point rushing it as it will dent both of your confidence. Think posisitive thoughts instead of I cant do this ever think I will get there no matter how long and slow the progress. When you do get there and do a nice steady round you will feel on such a high it will be worth it!!!!!! or you could look at it that if you both really dont enjoy it why not do another disapline??

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HoneyBee94

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HoneyBee94 says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

heyy, my horse was doing the exact same when i first got her in april!!! she'd drop her head and shoulder and duck out, and i'd land on the floor! not so fun when you fall off 24 times from april!! haha!!anyways, my instructor told me to keep my hands UP not to pull back and talk to her and use strong legs and if she feels hesitant a tap with a short whip. she soon responded to this and now doesn't refuse nearly as often, actually very rarely. she used to stop at jumps with and without fillers and ive been competing all winter and have had two refusals scince october! so very pleased! try that! it worked for me! :) and rember falling off is all part of the fun! :) my motto: who cares! You're still on!!!! :D

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Emma&Hana

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Emma&Hana says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

just do what feels right and practive makes perfect :) jest get him used to riding with them and jumping with out fillers and then gradually increase them :) just try and make everything positive and im sure it will all fall into place :) hope i helped and good luck :) xox;

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FlaxenLady

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FlaxenLady says:

Re: Advice needed - help!!

Vicky :)

I think its a thing with horses called Boo haha. My lad is exactly the same, he was a horror when i first got him, he would do ANYTHING to get me off, suprisingly it didnt work. But as i gave him the feeling that im not going to let him get away with anything naughty he's started to stop it.

He'll just be taking the piss with you, he's had someone who rode him for a while and now he's got someone else, he wants to see what he can get away with and what he cant.
If you just ignor it and ride him like he's not doing anything, correcting him when your wrong, he'll realise that he cant get away with these things.

Trust me, if anyone else gets on Boo he's acting like a prat from the moment there bum hits the saddle.

x

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