It’s about time that I’ve gotten opinions on current things with my horse, so here we go ðŸ˜‚ I took my horse out on the cross country course yesterday. He’s always good on his trail rides out there where we just walk around and hang out, etc. Yesterday was the first time I’d ever jumped him out there (we did some little intro logs) and he did really well for a horse who hasn’t really done much jumping recently, or at all. I had no doubts that he couldn’t do it but I knew he might not be the greatest at it, so he kind of exceeded my expectations and took care of me.
However, when we were out there we started having some steering issues similar to what he used to do in the arena before my trainer helped me work through it (my trainer is currently out of town). For example- he’d bend his neck one way and proceed to trot or canter the other way (think like a c-shape). I tried to bend his head back around and straighten him out with my outside leg and rein, but it didn’t help - though I’ll admit, I should’ve been more assertive.
I was wondering if maybe the issue was that he wanted to go home as when he started to ignore me, it was as we were passing the horses and pasture he usually is in. Another time was by the exit of the cross country course.
Could be just a coincidence. Does anyone have any tips for working on this? I’ll consult my trainer but I just wanted some opinions first. I was thinking to maybe take him to the other end of the course where he’s got no specific reason like going home to “act out” and work on steering with circles, serpentines, etc - making sure he’s paying attention to me. Could this possibly help?
*note: he went straight over the jumps until he started doing this. After he started ignoring me he tried to go to the side of the jump. Eventually I got him to go over straight but we still had some problems by his paddock and the XC entry/exit. We didn’t have problems anywhere else except for a few instances, where he’d start to canter sideways off the track.
I’m also thinking stronger leg in general.