Horses. Horses are good. After the last show where Ms. Poppy decided she no longer does liverpools that has become my focus with her. I went out and bought a bunch of blue tarps and now several of my jumps have pseudo liver pools. I also bought an extra to keep in the horse trailer to bring to shows. I made the tarps scary and wide. One is hidden behind a gate. Another is under a wide airy oxer. The third she has seen under a tall vertical. The first time I kept the jumps small, 3 footish. My goal is to build her confidence and make these scary things become no big deal. So the idea is keep the jumps small at first and go up each ride as she gets more confident with the liverpools again.
The first time jumping the wide airy oxer with the tarp beneath she ran out left. I went right back to it, held the right rein and used the crop for encouragement. She went over but was reluctant. We kept jumping it until she no longer felt backed off. She gave me no issue with the other oxer with the liverpool. The next ride although she didn't run out she again felt backed off. I was sure to ride up to it strong and jump it several times until she felt more confident. On Saturday I put the liverpool jumps up a hole each and now she is riding up nicely to them. I will continue to gradually go up and eventually move those tarps to different jumps to keep us both on our toes.
My trainer had a couple people back out of the show this weekend so we aren't going. Maybe she can rally the troops for the next one in 2 weeks.