Hello! I myself am not a big fan of jumping. Never had the opportunity to learn from a horse, mainly attempting to help bring on an education of a young horse etc. However, I really want to do this properly with Duffy, but I have a few questions first.
a) She is pigeon toed, not too badly and its shoulder down. She doesn't seem to flick out when ridden/lunged etc and I hope with another 3months of good farrier work it will look better. But at 18.1hh would it be safe for her to jump, or apply too much pressure?
b)When I bought her the girl said she had a super free jump, however when I attempted to ride her over a pole the first time she nearly sat like a dog as I gave her my hands and she freaked a bit because she didn't have anything to fight against. She is fine with poles now, but only tried one at a time. Whats better, if I try three/five etc to have them on the floor, or slightly raised so she picks her feet up more... she always seems to kick them through either not picking her feet up or being quite 'clumsy'
c) She is quite a klutz with her legs, and both my instructor and I feel that free jumping her at the moment is too dangerous for her as she may either trip, stumble or cut herself open! What excercises can I do on the floor and ridden to help with this? She's also like this in the field, and hoping that with these excercises she will realise she has four legs, not 8!