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        09-23-2010, 08:31 PM
    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    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.
    This should help!! Maybe she's just sayin put be back in the field woman! good luck let I know how it goes!
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        09-23-2010, 09:01 PM
    Perphaps she doesnt want to jump anymore so she's trying to get it over with faster? That's what my mares been doing and that's what we've put it down to, afterall you say she is 29?
    My mare show jumped to 1.10m in her younger days but now she flat out refuses to jump anything over 3' (on a bad day) she is a 25yr old tb
    How high are you jumping her?
        09-23-2010, 09:05 PM
    Maybe she's painful? Sudden changes in behavior, especially something like refusing/running out when everything was terrific before sounds like you should look her over very carefully. If she checks out maybe you're doing something differently/losing balance or not riding as effectively. Generally a horse doesn't go from willing and obedient to run outs and rushing without there being an underlying cause. Do you have a trainer/experienced eyes on the ground who could help spot these things?
        09-23-2010, 10:25 PM
    We're only jumping 1". I have my coach work one on one with me when I jump.
        09-23-2010, 10:52 PM
    Have you had her check her over thoroughly for pain? I'm really not trying to come across harshly at all, so forgive me if it seems that way. Every jump is a lot bigger when you're a very old lady- 29 years you said?
        09-24-2010, 01:31 AM
    In addition to the other suggestions, try laying some ground poles parallel to each other on the outsides of the jumps, as a blockade to keep her in a line. For safety reasons, don't actually make them impenetrable... just lay them on the ground where she can see them. I had a gelding do what you're describing and doing this immediately fixed the problem. After a few clear rounds, we removed the poles and he steered just fine. Not sure if you'll have the same results with your mare, but it is worth a shot. Good luck!
        09-30-2010, 08:49 AM
    Thank you all very much for your help. She was perfect at the show! Although we did not place in our jumping we walked away with a 6th place and a 1st place ribbon.

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