I am going to put a rope on my friend's saddle that I am using on the green TB monster and we'll see how it goes -- I found out that I can't grab mane on him and so I need something to grip if necessary -- of course, when I took him over ground poles this weekend, I was all prepared and tried to grab mane (which is how I found out that he feels the same way about that as he does about pulling his mane!) to steady myself in case he hopped over the pole and he could have cared less! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> started him in hand over poles and x's and it appears that may pay off -- we were trotting single poles by the end of day Saturday <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
This definitely works!
When I bought my horse, the woman I bought him from told me that she had sent him off to a jumper trainer who got into a big beef with him, and the then-four-year-old horse decided that he was never going to jump again. I mean, he wouldn't trot over a pole on the ground.
I bought him anyway, and did the same thing you did. I led him over poles, I trotted with him on the ground over poles, jumped cross rails next to him, etc. This horse has refused to jump exactly one time, and that was early on, when I kind of lost it coming downhill to a vertical. I think he knew better than to jump the fence.