Originally Posted by Rachel1786
It is the same rider in both videos.
We thought about trying to put a ground poll out further, but Bella tends to jump them(once she jumped the span of 3 ground polls instead of trotting over them!) So we thought that she may just take off there instead of at the proper place. I'll see what Summer thinks of trying that on tuesday since Bella is listening much better and not rushing as much
Haha yeah I've been there, done that! But it's important that you insist on her doing respecting the ground pole. It'll help teacher her to think where she's putting her feet instead of just blindly jumping everything in front of her. Before I would even start the next jumping lesson, I'd place four ground poles (or low cavalletti if you have them - I love cavalletti!) one stride apart and simply make her walk them. Then when she finally does that calmly, move up to a trot. Then once she's trotting them calmly, place the four ground poles (still one stride apart) in front of the jump you'd like her to do. That way, she sees the four group poles, already knows what to do with them (having practiced walking and trotting quietly), and then has a jump at the end.
Another exercise I use on my young gelding to help him think about where to put his feet is to place four ground poles in a circle. Picture a clock, you'd have each ground pole (or cavelletti) coming out from the center of the clock with one pointing to twelve, three, six and nine o'clock. You can use this both as a lunging activity or while riding her. Bella would have to think about the curve of the circle as well as where to place her feet over the poles/cavalletti, instead of just blasting down a straight line of poles. This is also something that you
can do, not just Summer. Even if you just walk the circle, with maybe a little trotting, it'll help her slow down and think about where she is putting her feet.