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    09-23-2010, 07:21 PM
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I ride an ex race horse who was also involved in the hunter division when she was younger. Everytime I jump with her she races at the jumps and then stickes her head high in the air before leaping prematurely over the jump causing her to jump bigger than she has to. In a line where one jump is right after the other is where I am having the most trouble. I get her to jump the first jump and I set her up for the second one but right after she completes the first jump, she runs to the side to avoid the second jump. When I try to redirect her she flings herself to the other side causing me to fall off. I am showing in two jumping courses on Sunday please help!
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    09-23-2010, 07:26 PM
How is she under saddle? Does she rush under saddle? Some thing that help rushing is fixing her attention, put poles before the jump,and after the jump. IMO It sounds like she won't be ready for a show on Sunday if she is rushing causing you to fall off. Start out low,trotting the poles to the main jump. Maybe do some roll backs to keep her thinking. Maybe do a line of trot pole's. Gymnastic exercises will also help her with the rushing.
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    09-23-2010, 07:30 PM
Sounds like this horse is not ready to be in a show ring. You mentioned falling off like it's a regular event. That's not good. If she's running through your aids, running out and popping jumps, she could benefit from a lot of flat work. A good dressage instructor should be able to help you better communicate your aids to your horse and establish some better steering and brakes. Good luck.
    09-23-2010, 07:35 PM
Thank you both for your help. She's a 29 year old school horse who does rollbacks and has excellent flat work. She only recently started this nonsense and she has shown jumping classes with jumpes higher than what we're showing. That's the part that I don't understand. My coach told me to half halt her and grab some mane as she has a large jump.
    09-23-2010, 07:37 PM
I suggest not to start showing yet. Try doing a lot of flatwork, and when you think she is ready, do some small x's. Keep a deep saet, and a tight leg. When she trys to avoid the jump, really use your reign and leg. For now, your main goal should be getting her to listen to you. Do whatever you have to (dont worry about perfect form right now) to get her over the jump. Once she goes over it like you asked, praise her. Right now you just need to establish trust, and who is leader.
    09-23-2010, 07:39 PM
For the runouts, you need to shut the door. I'm guessing she always runs out to the right or left. That would equal your weak side. Whatever side it is, be very clear about shutting the door. If she runs out to the right, have that right rein lying practically on her neck and keep your right leg on. Eventually she'll realize she can't get out that way. Hopefully she won't switch to just stopping instead and decide to just take the jump.
    09-23-2010, 07:39 PM
Thank you but again we jumped fine before it's just the last two or three times this has started. Before we were fine jumping at a canter now im having trouble cantering them and trotting them when the jumps have remained the same. We were fine before :S
    09-23-2010, 07:41 PM
Ok thank you! I will try that on Saturday :)
    09-23-2010, 07:43 PM
Maybe she's PMSing! :)
    09-23-2010, 07:48 PM
Lol maybe :)

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