My 6 year old OTTB, whom i bought/rescued emaciated, gained 200 pounds these past 3 months i’ve had her. This is great, and while she is still considered “underweight,” (her goal weight is 1200, she’s 1050 right now), she’s now gone from quiet, obedient little mare to a muscle-filled powerhouse.
She has begun this habit of tanking me to jumps. While the half-halt is installed on the flat, it completely gets thrown out the window when we jump. She is a launcher, not a chipper, so what I need is for her to listen to my hands so we can make the distance. Currently, because she moves up too fast, we make early distances and it is a struggle because she leaps from a takeoff spot we could have corrected had she listened to my “advice” to slow down and be patient.
This only began developing maybe 2 weeks ago. Currently she rides in a loose ring snaffle. I put her in a D-ring corkscrew and while that had wonderful breaks on the flat, she only got faster in jumping, and began throwing her head. So that bit is out.
I do understand this is a TRAINING ISSUE, as her loose ring worked for us for the longest time. HOWEVER, i have some limitations in how I can fix this issue:
a) I cannot move any of the jumps in my barn’s ring. They are set up specifically by one of the trainers for her students, and therefore I cannot create gymnastics or grids, which puts me in a tough position to school her.
b) I don’t want to inhibit her jumping enthusiasm. I don’t mind her fast because I trust her 100%, but it would be nice not to have to launch before every jump. I know her habit can go from bad to worse really fast, and would like to nip it in the butt before it gets too bad.
If you feel there is another solution besides a bit, I’d love to hear it. This is my first time taking a horse from “zero to hero,” if you will :winkgrin: