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    01-19-2014, 08:19 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Gaited Horse Jumping: Horrible Free Jumping

I decided to do some free jumping with Baby Girl today.I set up a little grid and asked BG to navigate it a couple times.

My lord, it was awkward. She can't even CANTER, so her jumping...

Critique my poor horse, tell me how to make her better, how to set up my grids better, etc. Fire way! Help me, because sweet heavens I need it.

Watch in HD or you won't be able to see anything.

     
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    01-19-2014, 10:35 PM
  #2
Started
First of all, that was adorable!!

I don't think she's a terrible jumper!! She keeps her knees very clean, and she's got some umph in her! I don't know hardly anything about gaited horses, but a little more impulshion might be useful. That gridwork looks great for her. Maybe include some more one and two strides to help her establish a "canter," which will help tons.

I love her!! I think she's simply adorable!
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    01-19-2014, 11:02 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Ha ha, thanks!


I had a hard time getting impulsion. You can see my lunge whip flash around in the video, but she was pretty set on "picking" through the jumps instead of taking them at speed. I'm thinking of adding more ground poles before and after to get her/keep her cantering? She has serious canter problems.

But yeah. She is sort of cute. <3
     
    01-19-2014, 11:05 PM
  #4
Started
She's probably just figuring her legs out, finding out what's going on. She hasn't done this often, correct? She'll probably get more speed with more confidence, which comes with practice. You're doing great! ^.^
     
    01-19-2014, 11:37 PM
  #5
Showing
Question... why? If she isn't comfortable cantering, why do you want her to jump?
Yes, it was awkward.. but she was trying her heart out for you. But she's obviously not very comfortable with the idea. Why do you need your gaited horse to jump? Some horses just aren't built/bred to do it.
My advice? Well... can she canter? If not, why? Essentially these smaller jumps should just be a higher, longer canter stride.. so if she can't canter, that's the first problem. Can a horse trot in and out of fences? Sure, but it certainly isn't conducive to a nice jump.
Like I said, she was trying her heart out to figure it out, and she seemed to get slightly more used to the idea, which is good - but I'm not sure she's going to be your next jumper, sorry.
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    01-19-2014, 11:56 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Question... why? If she isn't comfortable cantering, why do you want her to jump?
Yes, it was awkward.. but she was trying her heart out for you. But she's obviously not very comfortable with the idea. Why do you need your gaited horse to jump? Some horses just aren't built/bred to do it.
My advice? Well... can she canter? If not, why? Essentially these smaller jumps should just be a higher, longer canter stride.. so if she can't canter, that's the first problem. Can a horse trot in and out of fences? Sure, but it certainly isn't conducive to a nice jump.
Like I said, she was trying her heart out to figure it out, and she seemed to get slightly more used to the idea, which is good - but I'm not sure she's going to be your next jumper, sorry.


Mostly for cross training purposes. She's primarily an endurance horse. I have no hills to train on for mountain rides, so a friend of mine recommended weekly jumping sessions to help build the hind end up. I figured it may work, may not-- but it was worth a try.

So she'll never be a competitive jumper. That was never the goal. But if I am jumping her -- even if I leave it all at home -- I want it to be the best it can be. If that's still pretty bad, I'm okay with that. As long as it's safe for her, and she becomes comfortable with the idea. She gained confidence as the session went on, but as far as safety... She truly isn't a tradition jumping horse. That's an understatement.

Cantering... She can't even canter properly in the pasture. She cross fires 90% of the time, and she never naturally picks up a slow canter. It's always a gallop. She can sprint (badly) from one of the pasture to another (in a straight line only).

We have two theories on why she "can't canter": She has PSSM (confirmed PSSM; we just don't know if it's related to the canter issue), or she is just hard wired to move laterally and the canter is a diagonal gait. (I've settled on a combination of the two.)

I was also hoping that jumping, since it is a canter stride in the air, would help her "learn to canter."

If all she can do is trot jumps... I'm fine with that. Tell me how to trot jumps excellently, and we'll trot until she is the best she can be.
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    01-20-2014, 12:00 AM
  #7
Showing
Could I suggest that perhaps trot poles might be more conducive to your needs? If she can't canter comfortably due to PSSM, or otherwise (it is not natural for a horse to cross-canter 90% of the time) I would suspect that jumping is even more awkward for her as well. She hesitates a lot, even a few times through the grid.
My suggestion is to look at trot poles, if she trots well. Getting a horse to engage over trot poles is a true muscle builder. Raise the ends to make her work even harder.
     
    01-20-2014, 12:08 AM
  #8
Green Broke
If I get a video of her cantering at liberty, would you tell me what you think? I've always had a hard time coming to terms that she "can't" do something, but you are right -- cross cantering like she does isn't normal.

She trots quite well, at this point in her life. I had to teach her. She use to pace, every move she made. Pace at a walking speed, even. I don't think trotting poles would phase her much. Would it be more productive to do this at liberty or under saddle?
     
    01-20-2014, 12:18 AM
  #9
Showing
Do you know how to get her hind end engaged under saddle? Horses will naturally seek the easy way out so at liberty isn't going to be as effective as u/s.
     
    01-20-2014, 12:18 AM
  #10
Green Broke
I have no clue.
     

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