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    01-06-2012, 04:54 AM
My horse doesn't "get" poles

My 6 year old hanoverian is a fantastic jumper, but when I put a pole on the ground he acts as if it's some kind of foreign object he's never seen before. I've been working on it for a while and while he acts like I'm asking him to do something crazy he finally goes over a single pole without an issue!

However, multiple poles are proving to be... difficult. No matter what I seem to try he attempts to jump over all the poles at once (kind of like an oxer on the ground), regardless of it's set to a long stride in between or a short one. This occurs at both the trot and the canter.

Any advice on how to correct this?
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    01-06-2012, 06:16 AM
One thing that's worked for me is a strong, driving half halt right before the first pole.

It reminds your mount to keep their fwd momentum in check.

Try that.
    01-06-2012, 06:22 AM
Yup, also try setting three out, walk the first two and then trot the second, walk the third so he learns.

Stronger halfhalts to hold him back are the way forward.
    01-06-2012, 08:45 AM
Have you tried to trot him over them all from ground and not in saddle just to show they are not going to eat him?
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    01-06-2012, 02:01 PM
Try walking him over the poles first, sitting tall as you go over. Then lunge him over at a walk and a trot. If he does well with that, try riding him towards the poles at a trot, giving a small half halt several strides away. Do not get into jumping position. Sit tall and go over. If that doesn't go well, go back to walking him over the poles. Once you are comfortable with the trot, move to a canter on a lunge line and then a canter while riding him. Hope that helps. :)
    01-06-2012, 03:45 PM
He'll walk over them, making sure not to touch them, just fine, it's any of the faster gaits. I don't get into jump position, he usually flings himself over the poles and drags me along with it. The first time he jumped them so round he nearly jumped me out of the tack

As for half halts those kind of work. He "listens" and will shorten his stride, but I get the feeling he really does think it's a jump and will ignore me last second to jump across and then shorten his stride again right after. Occasionally I've gotten him to canter between them, but it's not consistent.

On the lounge he refuses them altogether at the walk, trot, and canter.
    01-06-2012, 03:54 PM
For the lunge, I would lead him over them first, and if he doesn't, use a long dressage whip, or lunge whip, to get his bum if he stops, keep doing this but increase the space between you. He will do them, its just a matter of how you make him do it, don't back out, let him throw a temper if he wants to, but keep on till he goes over then praise.
    01-07-2012, 09:51 AM
What about just one pole ? My mare used to always jump ground poles as well. I just started setting one pole out and trotting over it every day until she stopped jumping it. Also, I would try to really give him his head so you don't catch him in the mouth an scare him.

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