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    03-24-2012, 09:57 PM
Rushing after jumps

How do you keep a horse from rushing after jumps?
I'll have Specs at a nice canter before the jump, but he just TAKES OFF after them. It's annoying and it's really hard to slow him down for the second jump.
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    03-24-2012, 10:28 PM
If he rushes, stop him, back up to the jump, and ask him to continue away in the pace YOU choose, not him. Do this EVERY time he rushes away, no matter what you were planning on doing next.
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    03-24-2012, 10:37 PM
Plus, teach him that maintaining the gait that you ask of him is one of his responsibilities, when you're on the flat/on trail.
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    03-25-2012, 04:47 PM
What you need to figure out is what is happening over the jump that is making him want to run away from it. Are you hitting him in the back ? The mouth ? Jumping ahead ? Giving him too much rein so he can lengthen his body ? Is he taking off unbalanced ?

Once you figure out what you are doing, then you can figure out how to fix it. A lot of horses will run off on landing if they are getting hit in the mouth or don't have enough rein to use their neck. Do you have any videos of you both jumping ?
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    03-25-2012, 04:54 PM
I agree, it would be great to see videos to see whats going on!
    03-25-2012, 10:44 PM
Well I don't doubt that I'm doing something wrong.
I literally just started jumping last month, and I don't take lessons or anything,so I'm trying to teach both myself and my horse to jump at the same time. (I've researched a lot and I'm being very very careful :P)
Anyway, he does tend to hit the pole with his hind feet sometimes, but not all the time. Its prabably a combination of things.
I did get some video today, and ill hopefully upload tomorrow & post it!
    03-26-2012, 07:53 AM
Hitting the jump pole with the hind legs can be a symptom of the rider sitting down too soon, but impossible to say if this is what is happening in your case w/o a video. Definitely post the video!!
Also, I strongly suggest taking lessons. I know a lot of people think its fun too jump (and it is!!) and cool to be a self-taught jumper, but jumping is also dangerous. Its much more dangerous than riding on the flat and IMHO having an instructor is highly preferable. Especially considering that neither you or your horse has jumping training.
    03-26-2012, 06:45 PM
The other thing you can try is to lower the fence height and add a pole 12 feet after the fence. It would be spaced where the horse would land after the jump and then would have to go over the pole...12 feet for a normal stride, maybe a little further for a larger horse with a longer stride. We have a few horses at our barn that have 14 foot strides just due to size. It backs them off the departure from the jump and makes them concentrate more on the landing then taking off.

Obviously this is and can be done alongside evaluating how you are jumping as has already been indicated.
    03-26-2012, 07:48 PM
^^why 12 ft ? I've never heard of that

If you are talking about a sort of bounce with a pole I would set it at 9 or 10 feet. OP I don't think this is the kind of exercise you should be doing anyways if you and your horse are so new to jumping !
    03-27-2012, 07:56 PM
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
^^why 12 ft ? I've never heard of that

If you are talking about a sort of bounce with a pole I would set it at 9 or 10 feet. OP I don't think this is the kind of exercise you should be doing anyways if you and your horse are so new to jumping !
Which is why I said doing it alongside with evaluating how someone is jumping..what I didn't think to add was with a trainer watching.

A normal jump stride is supposed to be 12 feet. 6 feet for taekoff, 6 feet at the landing. Agreed though and I didn't clarify. For example, a standard bounce with two jumps is set 12 feet apart and an in and out (1 stride between jumps) is set 24 feet apart. (Canter in, land 6' after the jump, take one 12' stride which takes you to the take off point fur jump 2 at 6' = 24 feet). Trotting in the distance will be shorter and the pole needs to move in, 9 feet usually works.

As gypsy indicated, it is a way to help the horse learn not to rush after the jump but you do need to have a good jumping foundation before doing this exercise. You can also, however, do this using just ground poles as a base.

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