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post #1 of 8 Old 04-04-2012, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Horse wanting to jump poles

Whenever I lay out poles on the ground, whether I'm cantering or trotting them, my horse wants to take a little jump over them. How can I get him not to do this?
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my over zealous jumper did this when i first bought him. what i would do is lay out 8 to 10 poles out on the ground in the proper distance for him to trot them... and then again for him to canter them. back and forth a few times through the poles, and he got the idea. I just stay quiet and squeeze him on. It's something that takes practice. Most horses, if they're a bit green to the idea, just need a moment to figure it out.

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Well, he's jumped quite a bit before. I think he just wants to jump something!
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My mare does this sometime. If I bend/flex her to, over, and after the pole, she is listening to me and doesn't think about jumping it. Try that! Hope it helps.

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Mine is the same way...even at a trot he wants to jump. I just sit back and do a couple of half halts prior to the first pole a few times. After a few tries he settles. Two poles three strides away..he still gets quick and will sort of hop over the second pole and land in a canter...two or three in a row at proper distance gets him pretty forward as well..we are working on it.

Talk to your horse, do a little half halt, turn away from the pole occasionally so the horse doesn't anticipate, or, as already indicated, just wait him out. :)

I find after a while a horse won't want to expend any more energy than they absolutely have to.
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Originally Posted by tlkng1 View Post
I find after a while a horse won't want to expend any more energy than they absolutely have to.
That's true!
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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My gelding is a machine at trotting them, but when it comes to lope overs, forget it. Kills us in trail classes.

I guess he still links himself to our old hunter days sometimes!

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