I own two horses. I have show experience in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, huntseat equitation, and trail. I also barrel race, pole bend, and do various other speed events. Allegra is a 10byear old quarter Horse mare and I use her for show events. I trained her completely on my own. I brought Boone home in October. He was emaciated then but is now a fat and happy rodeo horse! He's also shown and placed first in English classes and runs in the 2d consistently. He was in a pasture for 3 years before I got him.
My horse canters at the jump with his head up in the sky, I can't get him to stop. Do you have any ideas? I have a Martian gale on him but it isn't doing heaps.
Circle right before the jump. Just do random things to keep him on his toes! Some horses start doing that when they anticipate a jump
I haven't ridden my horse in 7 weeks due to him being injured. Today I rode him and he was really flighty and ended up bucking me off. Do you have tips on how to prevent this from happening?
Start back slow. Do small lunging sessions and gradually make them longer. Then start with short rides and gradually make those more difficult/complex. I haven't had this problem in a while because none of the horses I've trained have had this issue :)
I really struggle with maintaining contact when riding as I was taught by someone who didn't "believe in it". Do you have any tips?
Start for the beginning. Master it at the walk, then Trot, then canter. If you skip a step you'll more than likely do damage to the horse or his training program.
Is it normal for your horse to change color in different seasons?