Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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You do need to work on diffusing her charging the jumps. Her high head position is hollowing her so much that it will severely effect her ability to go clean over taller jumps.
Calm your mind a LOT when jumping. Be willing to drop contact occasionally, to get out of the tug of war.
I would set up a jump, about 2'3". Then I would circle in front of the jump as if you were going to jump it on any approach. As you ride the circle, constantly drop contact with the inside rein for a couple of strides and then take it back up carefully, without jerking. each time you do it, praise her if she settles a bit. When she can approach the jump without charging, allow her to take it. Then circle and do it again and again and again. All the time, work on making every muscle in your body soften as you approach, even the aborted approaches.
I had a German dressage coach who always said..."the tenser the horse gets...the softer you ride". Only you can diffuse her anxiety. It really works.