How can you get a horse to jump without him being scared?
Practice, practice, practice. Start really small and inviting, like little crosses and you can try and incoportate them into even a flatowork ride, this kinda tells your horse it's not a big deal. Also make a really big deal and praise him heaps after jump. Hope that kinda helps x
Can you still ride your horse if he or she has thrown a shoe?
Really depends, generally if a horse has thrown a front shoe i will try not to but unless the foot is damaged if a horse has thrown a back shoe i would still be pretty happy to give it a horse a light ride on a soft surface like a sand arena.
What's some good inexpensive feed for a Thoroughbred, that needs to put on wait and won't make him hot? All suggestions are appreciated!
I love Millrun, it always works super well on every horse i know that's been on it. Truely the only way my horse isn't a twig
My horse finds striding hard as he is a big horse, so we make the jumps further apart for him, how can I sort this out for shows? as we won't be able to change them?
Gradually work on collection. Start with getting three strides of collected canter then build your way up. There is no easy way unfortunately. I love just setting out canter poles 5 strides and adjusting my horse between 4 to even 8 strides in between. But try not to train in different lengths then shows, unless you're teaching the horse to adjust in between jumps. If that means you have to jump smaller then you normally would because of the stride change do it! It will be a much quicker process then getting to a show and not being able to make lines and combinations
How long does it take for you to be ready to take part for shows? How do you know that you ready?
If you and your instructor agree then go for it! There are so much fun to regularly do and they teach you and your horse so much so honestly when you feel that you and your horse are doing the basics consistently well then try and get out to a small dressage training show. Even a show that isn't the discipline you train or want to compete in regularly will give you so much confidence with the next one and will still be super beneficial
my canter transitions need some work😬 . I can only do one from the trot and it is not very pretty. my pony is a little lazy but I have to kick kick kick! any tips?😯
Spurs are like any tool when used correctly they are really beneficial but if used incorrectly they are obviously not going to be very successful. They should really be used as an extension of the leg and never kicked into their sides. I love them on my horse but every horse is different
How do I get my horse to sit back on its hocks and wait while jumping rather than rushing the jump and jumping flat or confuse the takeoff point?
Grid work!!! There is a billion different types of grid exercises you can do. I love 4 trot poles, one stride then two bounce crosses then one stride vertical then two strides then an oxer.
I bought a mare that is fantastic but her jumps are very strong and I created a bad habit that I pull the reigns in the middle of the jump so I can stay on, any advice to stop it?
I used to use an old stirrup leather as well, to stop over releasing. Although its kind of opposite problems it definitely has the same affect