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post #1 of 7 Old 08-01-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, my horse is a 14 year old OTTB that really likes to go fast. When we do courses, in between jumps he's really good at collecting himself during the canter, but when we approach the jump about 3 strides before, he starts running after it. He literally will not trot anything. We almost defeated this problem, then I went on vacation for two weeks and when I got back the problem had resurfaced. Does anyone know of a way to solve this problem without holding the reins in a death grip? Thank you.
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Hi there! I've had similar problems with a lot of OTTBs. Have you tried any work with ground poles? I start mine with poles, making them canter some, trot some, walk some, canter in the pole line & trot out, etc. just lots of transitions over the single poles. You can also set up pole courses, and do transitions throughout the courses, make sure you mix up the pole courses & transitions to keep your horse on his toes & entertained so he doesn't get bored & run. When you feel your horse tense up/start to take off, circle out of the pole/jump and continue to circle until they relax, when he has relaxed then he can go over. Make sure you are also staying relaxed and breathing because if you tense up, then your horse will tense up & be scared too! You could also try halting in front of the fence, but don't over do it because it could teach him to stop at the fence. Another idea is putting either trot rails, or a rail a stride out before the fence, so that he has to bring himself back. You might also try gymnastics, such as a trot rails to a bounce to a bounce to a short one stride, so that he can't just flat out run, he has to bring himself back & collect, it might take a few times for him to catch on. If he does run at the fence, make sure you give him a short crest release, so that he is not getting rewarded for running. I had one TB that was an absolute terror to ride, until I tried lowering my hands, and that was the magic trick, they are a pretty qwuirky breed, so maybe your breaking one of his "rules." You could also possibly try a stronger bit, maybe a slow twist. TBs really do teach you how to ride. Good luck!

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I have found that when I have a horse that rushes a jump I put 2 cross rail jumps side by side with about 10 feet between them
X---X X---X like so (lol) then I ride basically in a large circle and jump over the cross rails. Can add a rail just before the jumps for the horse to know his take off point. Then work your way up on jump height, but realize as you go higher the circle goes bigger. Circles slow a horse down an with OTTB its a great way to get them to slow their gears down A bit.

I hate tryin to explain training online hope you understand what I was trying to explain lol

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Hi there! I've had similar problems with a lot of OTTBs. Have you tried any work with ground poles? I start mine with poles, making them canter some, trot some, walk some, canter in the pole line & trot out, etc. just lots of transitions over the single poles. You can also set up pole courses, and do transitions throughout the courses, make sure you mix up the pole courses & transitions to keep your horse on his toes & entertained so he doesn't get bored & run. When you feel your horse tense up/start to take off, circle out of the pole/jump and continue to circle until they relax, when he has relaxed then he can go over. Make sure you are also staying relaxed and breathing because if you tense up, then your horse will tense up & be scared too! You could also try halting in front of the fence, but don't over do it because it could teach him to stop at the fence. Another idea is putting either trot rails, or a rail a stride out before the fence, so that he has to bring himself back. You might also try gymnastics, such as a trot rails to a bounce to a bounce to a short one stride, so that he can't just flat out run, he has to bring himself back & collect, it might take a few times for him to catch on. If he does run at the fence, make sure you give him a short crest release, so that he is not getting rewarded for running. I had one TB that was an absolute terror to ride, until I tried lowering my hands, and that was the magic trick, they are a pretty qwuirky breed, so maybe your breaking one of his "rules." You could also possibly try a stronger bit, maybe a slow twist. TBs really do teach you how to ride. Good luck!
Exactly! I would not be as good a rider if I hadn't gotten my TB. :) Thank you, I'm going to try your ideas tomorrow!
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I have found that when I have a horse that rushes a jump I put 2 cross rail jumps side by side with about 10 feet between them
X---X X---X like so (lol) then I ride basically in a large circle and jump over the cross rails. Can add a rail just before the jumps for the horse to know his take off point. Then work your way up on jump height, but realize as you go higher the circle goes bigger. Circles slow a horse down an with OTTB its a great way to get them to slow their gears down A bit.

I hate tryin to explain training online hope you understand what I was trying to explain lol

TRR
Yeah, I understand. XD Thank you!
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-02-2012, 12:28 PM
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When a horse rushes for me, I simply don't take the jump. When they start to rush, I circle. Even if its right in front of the jump. Left or right- doesn't matter.

I never let the horse take the jump when they are rushing because that means that they aren't listening to you, and that is very dangerous.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-02-2012, 05:22 PM
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I can tell you what you don't wanna do. Don't pull back constantly becuase thatll cause your horse to get mad and buck...

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