Why does my horse refuse to jump

Show jumping: tips for unsafe horses

The horse rushes towards the jump

First check the rideability of the horse through dressage exercises. The rider only has control in the course if the horse is permeable. At the beginning you can move the dressage gymnastics to the jumping arena until the horse is no longer tense at the mere sight of jumps. If the horse can be ridden in a relaxed and permeable manner on the jumping arena next to and between the obstacles, you can begin to incorporate ground rods and / or cavaletti into your training.

In this phase, the rider should not have jumping in his head at all, but rather think of a great gallop jump when galloping over it, which is just happened to be ridden over a pole. If the horse can be ridden in a controlled manner over ground bars, then one can consider individual jumps. A heavy horse should always be started from a trot. The pace is kept under control by half parades. The critical phase of breaking in begins 10 to 15 m before the jump.

If the horse begins to withdraw from the aids and hurry away, you should turn away at a flat angle and calmly place the horse back to the aids.

Important: Never torture the horse into a tight little tour to regain control! The horse will only want to withdraw even more and maybe increase the pace even more (because it will also lose its balance) - which increases the risk of injury and falls. If the horse is good at the aids and under control again, you can try again.

Only when you can safely break in from a trot do you move on to canter work. Here, too, the following applies: If the horse evades the rider's aids even in the beginning by storming away, it is time to turn away, parry and restore control. The aim is to be able to parry such horses just a few meters in front of the obstacle with fine aids to hold them.