Longtime stalker but just made an account…
Sorry about the novel…
I have this horse that has been ‘off’ for a while but as the competition season is starting and training has been increasing I am struggling to work out what is wrong and would appreciate any suggestions on what could be wrong because I am out of ideas.
A bit of information on said horse;
-1/2 Appaloosa, 1/4 Paint, 1/8 Arab and 1/8 TB
-I have had her 2 years (Dec 2014)
-Eva80 eventing (80cm)
-80 and 95cm Showjumping
-Before coming to me she did not do much jumping, she was mainly a hack that showed a bit and did low(50cm) Showjumping
-She has always (at least since I have had her) been a bold, forward horse that has had no problem with impulsion but recently has just lost it.
-She always loved jumping but has just turned off it.
-She is seemingly struggling with basic 80cm jumps, this horse has jumped up to 1.15m easily earlier in the year.
-She doesn’t even ‘take-off’ anymore(she has always been one to GO if lazy riding)
-I am quite worried about her not being herself and it is getting to the point where I am not convinced she is safe to do cross country as she is getting to a point where she is close to getting stuck over a fence because of a lack of impulsion(more than one very close call happened a few weeks ago at the last XC school we went to and this was at 80cm)
-We did have a drought over the summer competition season and the ground was quite hard…
She has no physical issues that are showing up.
We are SURE it is not me or my riding.
She was turned out for 2-3 months over winter to see if it would help, hasn’t.
I have not done a lot of jump training or competitions with her and she is not acting sour.
Any suggestions about what may be wrong would be appreciated, TIA