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        01-01-2011, 08:57 PM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    She needs to learn to relax more when jumping. She is rushing the fences out of tension. Try putting a simple snaffle and set one small jump in the middle of the ring. Ride her around the jump and when she starts getting tense, FORCE yourself to relax your body. Think very calming thoughts.....I'm at the beach.....a glass of wine in my hand.....reading a good book......

    Feel for her to downshift the tension. As you ride around the jump, when she starts getting tense, drop the contact of the inside rein for an instant and quietly regain contact. Feel for another tension downshift. Every time she downshifts the tension, praise her.

    When she starts quieting down, approach the small jump at the trot. Do NOT hang on the reins/bit. If you have to half halt, immediately give the reins some slack to keep from hanging on them. This slack sends a message of non-tension to the horse and may encourage her to downshift a bit.

    The next time you approach, she will probably try to rush. Circle her in a figure eight on each approach, practising YOUR mental calming exercises. If she approaches it in a calmer manner, reward her by letting her trot over it.

    Keep doing that and keep working on calming your mind down as you ride. You will find that the calmer and softer your riding is, the more she is likely to relax. This is retraining your horse so keep doing it for a LONG time until she jumps quieter consistently. This will help, trust me.

    I get students with this type of tension between horse and rider all the time and I can almost always cure it. YOU have to be the one to break the tension, not the horse.

    Riding a hot horse requires and mental calmness from the rider to diffuse the tension. Otherwise you two will be fighting each other forever.

    My first dressage instructor at age six was a German master, Capt Heyer. My favorite saying of his (in strong German accent) was;

    The tenser the horse, the softer you ride.

    Try it, you have nothing to lose and much to gain. I just wish you lived closer to me as I would gladly help you two.
         
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        01-04-2011, 04:15 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Wow she really did'nt look happy in the video that you forgot the martingale. There is alot of good tips here and I would definetly look though them. I hope when im able to post a video I get such helpful advice. Good Luck with her
         
        01-06-2011, 07:31 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    That last video is at Swan Lake, isn't it?? (Sorry for creeping- I live about 20 minutes from Tranquility and used to show at Swan Lake all the time.) I don't have any critique that hasn't already been mentioned, but your horse is stunning :)
         
        01-06-2011, 09:35 PM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    Maura,

    What a good critique that is. I don't even jump, but it made sense to me.
         
        01-07-2011, 10:35 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Haha yeaa it is!!! That's so cool!! I haven't been to swan lake in a long time but did a lot of the tranquility shows last summer. The second video, without the martingale, is at tranquility. Hoping to go there again this summer. =)) I am trying to do the swan lake winter series but this weather is sucky. Haha

    But thanks!! I will be showing that pony again and my maybe my other horse. My other still needs some work, but she will be up for free lease and possible sale this spring/summer. I leave for college in the fall. My pony(the one in the pics) is going to a girls house that I am really good friends with while I am away.
         
        01-08-2011, 10:10 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eralcx3    
    haha yeaa it is!!! That's so cool!! I haven't been to swan lake in a long time but did a lot of the tranquility shows last summer. The second video, without the martingale, is at tranquility. Hoping to go there again this summer. =)) I am trying to do the swan lake winter series but this weather is sucky. Haha
    I've only been to Swan Lake once in the past two years. It's like an hour and a half drive for me, so I've been doing the Lehigh Riding Club summer series and Country Hill's winter series. (I've been doing schooling, but I'm going to start doing low-rated stuff this spring :) I actually used to ride at Tranquility, oh I don't know... Maybe 6 or 7 years ago. I HATED riding there, but I did a show there a couple years ago which was pretty fun. Swan Lake has an awesome winter series, but it's SO expensive!
         
        01-08-2011, 10:27 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I haven't been going to Swan Lake much lately. It really just depends on where the barn owner decides to go and im the ONLY one at the farm that does jumpers anymore. Everyone else does hunters so I don't get to do a whole lot. =/ A lot of the kids do the HHSA stuff. They give out AMAZING awards!! Swan lake is about an hour and a half for us too. I ride at Flying Change PHP. It's in PA, right over the MD line.

    I completely agree on Swan Lake's prices though! But during the summer, it is a little cheaper.
         
        01-08-2011, 11:38 AM
      #18
    Started
    I don't take lessons and I only jump for fun but the critiques of everyone has really helped me so now I know what to work on too!
         
        01-08-2011, 01:51 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Oh! I've heard of that place! We were looking for horses for sale there a while ago when my sister was looking for a horse. It looks nice. :) Yeah, they're insanely expensive. That's why I've been doing smaller schooling shows. I'd kill to do jumpers, and I think I'm going to start enventing, foxhunting, and flatracing this summer (I have a friend who races... She's getting me some pretty awesome deals, haha) But my sister doesn't like jumpers and her horse isn't exactly flashy or a jumper, unlike my mare. You're lucky you get to do jumpers.
    Oh, and if you know Caller who was at Flying Change PHP, I knew him and his owner. :) I rode at the same barn as her for years.
         
        01-08-2011, 02:12 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Yup, I know Caller and his owner! She is at college now and leasing Caller out to a girl who is doing Hunters with him now. He is doing sooo much better! Haha I think there are a decent amount of horses for sale here still, but I'm not sure. That's so cool that you know of though! =)

    I absolutely LOVE doing jumpers. It is soooo much fun! On my other horse I will be doing eventing with in the spring/summer before she is leased or sold. I am also going foxhunting on wednesday. Super excited!!!
         

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