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  • How to calm a speedy showjumper

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    10-04-2012, 11:43 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
Are you jumping just one fence or a course of fences?
We've had lots of horses like this but they settle down when they are given more to think about than a single jump with a gallop space beyond it.
Grid work helps a lot - starting with just walking over a line of poles on the floor and then when they can deal with that go to trot and then raise the poles to a low jump level always asking for a turn at the end rather than a straight run
We also lay out poles all over the arena and walk over them changing direction all the time sometimes just turning right around and back over the same pole. Do the same at trot once they feel they are calm about it at the walk.
You will never change a horse that is keen to jump (thats how you want them) but they can learn to be in control about it
I jump a variety of kinds of jumps, from single jumps to courses to bounces to grid work. I don't think it's an issue with having not enough to think about. Also like I said I do know how to be in control about it, but while I definitely do not want to change the fact that she's keen to jump I'd like to get to a point where she doesn't lose her head and I don't have to continuously recollect and hold her back every time she goes over a fence.
     
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    10-05-2012, 08:30 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by emeraldstar642    
I jump a variety of kinds of jumps, from single jumps to courses to bounces to grid work. I don't think it's an issue with having not enough to think about. Also like I said I do know how to be in control about it, but while I definitely do not want to change the fact that she's keen to jump I'd like to get to a point where she doesn't lose her head and I don't have to continuously recollect and hold her back every time she goes over a fence.
It helps a lot when you give a fuller picture of what you're already doing - as you have now.
A video might help us even more
I'm not sure if I'm seeing you as someone who wants a horse that will canter stylishly and quietly around a hunter jumper course or if you are looking at producing a showjumper
What some people might see as a horse that's a bit 'out of control' others might just see as 'very keen and needs a bit of holding onto'
Does he 'leap' in the air when you try to slow him down?
All of the best showjumpers we've ever had have have needed a bit of a pull to check them between fences which is why so many top horses are ridden in harsher bits
Have you considered changing his feed? Is he getting too much high energy content?
     
    10-05-2012, 09:10 AM
  #13
Yearling
Prin almost gallops a SJ course and if I try to slow her down rails get knocked. My job is to point her the right way and she'll fly over whatever is in front of her. I've tried slowing her down doesn't work very well.

Long grids 9/10 obstacles will make them think.

I have also resorted to halting after jumps not just cantering on.
     
    10-05-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Prinella    
prin almost gallops a SJ course and if I try to slow her down rails get knocked. My job is to point her the right way and she'll fly over whatever is in front of her. I've tried slowing her down doesn't work very well.

Long grids 9/10 obstacles will make them think.

I have also resorted to halting after jumps not just cantering on.
THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR CRITIQUE
I'm not saying this is the way to go (though most of my ponies jumped like this as I remember)
Just watch the speed this pony jumps at!!!

This is from the Mini Majors competition they have at Olympia (UK)
     

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