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        08-25-2009, 02:22 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    I would just like to add that when your horse refuses, don't pull him awa from the fence. This will encourage him to refuse. I suggest keeping his nose pointed towards the fence and backing him up until you're a few strides away to attempt again
    really? I've always just been told to circle, pick up the canter, and try again. I don't make big circles, just enough to get myself together haha.

    Leo refuses so much anyways, he's already been encouraged to the point that I don't think it'll make a difference. But i'm not really riding him anymore (thank god!). My old trainer told me to suck it up and ride him, but my new one is fine with the fact that i'm scared of him and don't want to ride him XD But I digress.

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    Originally Posted by cheply    
    Looked like you were tipped forward on one of the canters at the end there.
    If you're talking about the last one on the gray, we were working on my two point. Or half seat. One of the two. We're trying to strengthen my weak little legs haha. I'm usually pretty vertical.

    Oh - I wanted to ask everyone if they thought I had a chair seat? I know I had one on Joey (grey pony) but I think it's partially because he's so little and I'm so big. But I also know that I ride with closed, tight hip flexors and I can't figure out how to open them without making it hurt really really bad. Sooo.
         
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        08-25-2009, 02:42 PM
      #12
    Started
    I always thought you were supposed to make a circle too but that is a good idea JDI .. you learn something new every day! Haha
         
        08-25-2009, 05:47 PM
      #13
    Showing
    If you circle or pull the horse off the jump, you are allowing him to think that might be what you wanted all along. Horses generally don't like backing up, so you are making him work for the mistake.
    I see a lot of horses encouarged to run out because their riders allow them to.
         
        08-25-2009, 07:36 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    When my pony refuses, I ask him back to a walk (if he isn't already) walk him back to the rail, turn around, stop, take a few deep breaths, tell him it's okay (he gets REALLY nervous) and then pick up a trot and go for the jump again. If it's an in and out I'll do the whole thing again, if it's the second jump in a line I'll just turn around at the first jump.. (:
    JDI's idea works, too! :)
    I didn't watch the whole thing, but your flat position is pretty good.. I could never really see when you were going over the jumps while I was watching.
         
        08-25-2009, 08:35 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by IheartPheobe    
    When my pony refuses, I ask him back to a walk (if he isn't already) walk him back to the rail, turn around, stop, take a few deep breaths, tell him it's okay (he gets REALLY nervous) and then pick up a trot and go for the jump again. If it's an in and out I'll do the whole thing again, if it's the second jump in a line I'll just turn around at the first jump.. (:
    JDI's idea works, too! :)
    I didn't watch the whole thing, but your flat position is pretty good.. I could never really see when you were going over the jumps while I was watching.
    mhm, that's what I do. I don't even go to the rail, just make a small circle and try again. Depending on the horse though, I don't let them walk. And usually they get a smack for refusing anyways, so they certainly don't think it was okay. Leo knows it's okay, he just likes being an ass.

    Thanks (: and I know, I'm sorry for the awkward angles. But that's the only place in the arena you can video from.



    Would you guys say I've improved since these videos? These were last winter...?


         
        08-26-2009, 12:12 PM
      #16
    Showing
    I jumped Denny for the first time yesterday. After a few go arounds, he tried deeking out. I stopped him hard, made him back his little butt up to where he deeked out and tried again. He never offered to refuse again.
         

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