Bad Jumping Day

Yesterday, I had a practice ride with the horse I lease, Rika. It was a jumping day, I had just expected her to refuse 1 jump as usual & be great the rest of the time, but that didn't happen. I jumped a few small crossrails & verticals perfectly. When it was time to jump a line, a small vertical to a 2'6 oxer, I thought she would jump it, but then without any warning she stopped right in front of the oxer. I wasn't ready for this so, I flew over her head & the jump. After that I was fine, just a little surprised, I got back on & jumped the line again & again until she did it without refusing. After that line I decided to try a 2'6 liverpool to a 2'6 oxer, at first she stopped in front of the liverpool & jumped it from a standstill & overjumped by about 1 foot. I did the liverpool again & she jumped it well & also jumped the oxer well. After that i tried a triple combination, a 2'6 vertical to a 2'9 vertical to a 2'9 oxer. At first, she refused the first jump in the combination, I did it again & she got over the jump but refused the second. After that, I decided to jump the liverpool to the oxer again to end the day on a good jump. That wasn't the best ride but it taught me alot, I'm a little sore from the fall but in my lesson I know what I need to do now.

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Sep 29, 2016
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to Leila
by: Jordan

No don't hit the horse. It's mean.

Jun 22, 2015
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I can see why
by: Lyssthehorsegentler

Horses love to jump but not as a sport don't try to make him jump if he don't want to. Take it slow and start out like when he was first trained to jump but do that every other day and also get close to your horse but don't ever, ever, ever whip your horse for acting up. But when your horse won't jump walk him over then jump a couple of times then get back on and try again, if he does not this time bring out the punishment. Get off of him and back him up and spin him that always helps change their way!
Good luck

Feb 20, 2014
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Dont let him get away with it!
by: Leila

Yeah, everyone has their off days but Rica sounded just plain bold. Next time he refuses smack him behind the girth hard and make him walk through the jump and next time he will jump it I swear!!

Jun 23, 2010
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tough ride
by: Sydney

It does sound like a kind of bad day but I am glad you are OK and still going. Hope next time is tons better!!

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