This is another problem where we don't really have quite enough
I'd like to know how old the mare is and how long Kim has had her,
whether she has always had this problem with jumping, and how her
behaviour is when working on the flat. I'd also like to know a
bit more about Kim's experience, and whether the mare has been checked
out by a vet for any mouth or back problems.
But without this information, some suggestions that might be
1. Get her checked out for mouth and back problems and
general condition. This is a first step for behavioural problems
- there is often a physical cause.
2. Check her tack fits
properly - and that YOU do not pull her in the mouth during jumping or
- by your own 'expectation' of difficulties - contribute to
them. An assessment lesson from a good instructor - preferably
with your own horse - would be a very good investment.
on her general obedience on the flat - no jumping at all - for at
least two weeks. Ensure she is going forward and obeying your
aids - if the flat work is not 'right' - the jumping can't be.
When you're happy with work on the flat, start introducing poles on
the ground and small poles into her flat work sessions.
Don't set out to have a jumping session - just pop in one small jump
when she's going well. Whether she does it well or not, go back
to flat work for at least 5 minutes then try again. Don't
overjump her - or even over-school her. Get in some hacking
(logs on the ground?) and don't let her get bored.
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