Training techniques to stop a horse bolting towards a jump? Working on straightness, rhythm and take off, interested in hearing other people's ideas on how they would go about it ?
Trot pokes before and after the jump. Focus on just trotting in for a while and get that perfect and relaxed. Then move to canter poles before and after the jump and repeat.
Any exercises or advice for my horse who is very stiff on the right side ?
Firstly, make sure it's not something you're doing in your body or seat. All my horses used to throw their bums in on the right because my seat was skew. If it's not you, carrot stretches to the right where you make him touch his nose to the area where his girth would sit, every day for 2 months should really help. 20 on the stiff side, 5 on the regular side.
Tips for keeping heels down at a canter?
Get your trainer to give you a lunge lesson and canter on the lunge with no stirrups. Resist the urge to pull your knees up. Once you can do this well and keep your balance you can replicate it off the lunge with stirrups.
So I ride two times a week and all I have been doing is trot. Anyone know about how long it takes to start canter ?
As soon as you don't use the reins and the horse's mouth to balance - meaning that you can keep your weight in your heels and trot without holding onto reins at all, posting and sitting, I would say you're ready.
Anyone know why my horse is completely sound on a straight line and the right circle but slightly off and lame on the left circle? Reluctant to take him to the vets.
Why would you be reluctant to get a vet out? If your horse is suddenly unsound when he was sound you absolutely should get a vet out
How to calm down a very high spirited mare? My mare will jog round like crazy even on the spot and rear up a lot, I've tried transitions but she still manages to rear up a lot.
If her resistance comes in the form of stopping (rearing etc) I would say ride her a bit forward.