A jumping refusal is when your horse stops in front of a fence and will not jump it. Jumping refusals can be frustrating. They can make you fall off and loose your confidence when riding. Read the article below to learn what you can do about jumping refusals.
If your horse is refusing jumps, taking lessons is a good idea. Have an experienced jumping instructor help you.
One reason why your horse is refusing jumps may be because he is ignoring your leg. If your horse approaches a fence slowly, he will have a hard time jumping it. Go back to working on the flat for a while. If your horse does not respond to your leg, you may need to kick him harder or use a whip.
Maybe your horse is refusing jumps because you are jumping too big, too soon. When jumping, start small and slowly move on to larger fences. Go back to jumping smaller fences. When your horse is jumping smaller fences nicely, move on to something bigger. Mix big fences in with smaller ones.
Try going back to trotting over poles. Set up a few trotting poles in front of a small fence. Trotting poles should encourage your horse to move more quickly.
Grids help you and your horse build confidence. A grid is small line of fences set exactly a certain number of strides apart. Have someone help you set up a grid and try jumping it. Once you've jumped it a few times, try switching it up a bit to prevent boredom.
Your horse may be rufusing jumps because you have a poor jumping position. You may be leaning too far forward or pulling back on the reins when you jump. Put a jumping strap or martangle strap around your horse's neck. Hold onto it as you jump. Make sure that you are putting your hands up on your horse's neck when you jump. You may be hurting your horse while you jump if you are pulling back on the reins. Practice your jumping position on the flat.
Be confident while you jump. If your horse senses that you are nervous, he may not want to jump. Jump smaller fences until you build confidence. Take lessons with an instructor who can help you. You may want to try jumping with a well-behaved lesson horse. After you build some confidence, go back to jumping your horse.
Don't make jumping a huge thing for your horse. Do some flatwork and then go over a jump. Then, continue doing flatwork.
If your horse refuses jumps at shows, he may be scared of the jumps. If the poles are painted a certain way, try spray painting your poles at home to similar colors. Set up "spookier" jumps to practice with at home. Try using tires, logs and buckets. Circle around a "spooky" jump to give your horse a chance to look at it. Don't stop in front of it to let him see it, this can encourage refusals.
Your horse may have a medical problems that is causing him pain when you jump. Your horse's joints or arthritus maye be causing him pain. Have a vet do a check up on your horse.