My Horse Refuses To Jump

My horse is an eventer, as am i, and just learning how to jump. The only problem is, he is sometimes afraid and refuses to jump. What do you think the problem is?

A horse will often refuse to jump because his confidence has not been established. Check that you are not advancing too fast for him. If you are, go back one level and reduce the difficulty. When you are positive that he is jumping positively, gradually increase the difficulty. Many horses take a long time to build their confidence so be patient.?If your horse is still refusing to jump, try having another horse jump on front of him. Horse often learn faster from each other than from humans. Be warned that hitting him with a whip or using spurs too much will probably make the situation worse.

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  • Dec 27, 2008 at 12:00
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    as a fellow eventer, I can only say one thing: if the horse is afraid to jump, then making him is only going to make it worse. If its a green horse thing, that’s different. But if he really doesn’t like it, i would say do what’s best for him and move on

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