A strong horse or pulling horse is difficult to ride, especially when competing.
In order to show jump you need your horse to be responsive to your aids and half-halt when required.
He needs to be well balanced in order to engage his hocks. Most problems stem from incorrect or lack of training.
Correct horse schooling should be established, before you begin to jump.
Flatwork and show jumping go hand in hand.
If the ground training is done correctly, the horse will be supple, athletic, obedient and able to adjust his balance and stride.
The more obedient a horse is, the easier he will be to ride and train to jump.
You need to understand what is making the horse pull, to correct it.
Most horses enjoy jumping. Some horses get over enthusiastic when approaching a jump; so much that they become difficult and strong to ride.
Other horses on approach to a fence will “pull” the rider all the way.
A highly-strung animal, which is always on his toes, may become tense, worried or anxious at competitions or jumping at home, and pull you around the course.
A pulling horse may be reliant on rider’s hands for balance.
A highly-strung horse may be sensing the anxiety from its rider, resulting in the horse “pulling” all the way.
You need to feel the horse taking you to the fence, with the rider containing the energy in his hands.
If the rider cannot contain the energy, it may be useful to try a different bit, although a strong bit is not always the answer for a pulling horse.
Not all horses are suited to strong bits. It might make a horse even stronger, as he will run away from pain.
It is trial and error to find a bit suitable for the pulling horse.
Once you have found a suitable bit for the horse, the rider should have a lighter contact and the problem should disappear.
For advice and information on biting, try the Bit Bank.
If the horse is not responding, when you ask for a half holts on the flat, more schooling is needed.
If he will not listen to you on the flat, he is not going to listen to you on approach to a fence.
If you do find a suitable bit, make sure you try him on the flat first.
A strong horse is not necessarily a “strong horse2, I will explain what I mean....
I acquired a horse. He came my way, as the owner could not sell him,.
He had previously been a good jumper, but when the new owner bought him, she had no success.
She told me, she did not have much control, and the horse would just crash through the fences.
The problem was not the horse, it was the rider.
She did not have enough experience or confidence, and would ride the horse on a short tight rein, which was obviously causing him discomfort.
It turned out that the horse had a sensitive mouth and liked to be ridden on a light contact.
He never was a strong horse, just trying to run away from pain, caused by an inexperienced rider.
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