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  • Horse knocks down jumps boredom

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    10-17-2012, 10:13 AM
Lazy at end of jumping rounds

I have a Quarter horse gelding who likes to jump, and I think he could jump anything you pointed him at. However, I'm fairly new to jumping and I've only jumped crossrails and small verticals on him. I'll usually set up a jump or two mainly for me to practice over. At the beginning of the ride he jumps great- really alert, doesn't knock or touch anything, just really good. I'll go over the jumps a couple times, go do something else, come back...then towards the end of the ride he gets really lazy and careless with it. He starts knocking them down, then he just practically crashes through them. Is he just bored? I would set up more jumps and make little courses, but right now I don't have much stuff to use as jumps (I'm working on that) and I just want to practice my position, but I can't jump anything if he's knocked it all down! How can I keep him clearing the jumps the whole time?
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    10-17-2012, 10:19 AM
Green Broke
Are you sure he's fit enough to do what you're asking? Could just be tired.
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    10-17-2012, 06:30 PM
Like posted above, since you two are new to jumping he is probably tired, he uses different muscles to jump then before, you just have to take the time to build him up to being able to jump a whole course. It's like you running a marathon and not training for it, your not going to be able to finish lol!
    10-17-2012, 07:12 PM
He's likely losing interest as well. Change things up a little, challenge him with some tight turns but maintaining the right speed. Make the jumps look different. We used to make low jumps on our horse trails which added much more interest.
    10-18-2012, 12:14 PM
Green Broke
Sounds to me since it is at the end of the ride that he gets lazy that he needs more conditioning and is just tired right now.
    10-18-2012, 12:16 PM
Bored? No. He just doesn't have the stamina for what your asking from him.
Condition him right and I'll bet he doesn't knock poles.
    10-18-2012, 12:19 PM
Agree with others, it very much sounds like a fitness level issue to me.
    10-18-2012, 12:55 PM
Originally Posted by howrsegirl123    
I just want to practice my position, but I can't jump anything if he's knocked it all down!
You can always practice your position on the flat! My instructor always has me do lots of trotting in two-point with and without stirrups to prepare for jumping. Nothing will get you feeling your muscles like a few rounds of two-point stirrup free on a bouncy horse.
    10-18-2012, 07:54 PM
How can I get him more fit? Just do it more?
    10-19-2012, 02:58 PM
Trotting helps to improve fitness, if you can add in hill work that's even better.
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