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    06-10-2013, 12:45 AM
Millie and I jumping

Hey guys, this my mare, Matilda, and I jumping about 2'6. It's an oxer with a cross rail, then a straight pole with half barrels in front of the overturned barrels I use as standards. Be as harsh as you like. I'm so proud of my baby, this was our second time jumping this jump. I bent back down after the jump because she stumbled. Thanks guys!

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    06-10-2013, 01:00 AM
I would have collected her up a little more, it seems you are rushing the jump (could be why she stumbled too).
    06-10-2013, 01:15 AM
Yep, she's a rusher. I've been circling her and half halting her in the approach, and just keeping her collected, it's working pretty well, she's just gotta accept that she can't gallop over everything. Thanks so much!

Anything I should change in my form or position?
    06-10-2013, 01:18 AM
With you jumping bareback, it obviously will be different form than in a saddle, but all I see that may be fixed is you are gripping a lot with the back of your calves. I haven't jumped bareback in years, and when I did the jumps were smaller than what you are going over. Others with more experience will be able to chime in better i'm sure.
    06-10-2013, 01:20 AM
It's showing up for me. I'll work on it. I'm trying to uplaod another video of me on a different mare that I excersie for her owner.
    06-10-2013, 01:53 AM
Sloooow doooown. Flying at a jump is what is going to knock rails and cause accidents around corners. She took a super long spot because she didn't have a good, balanced canter on the approach. Sit up, woah a little bit and get a quieter canter step well before coming to the jump. You want impulsion more than you want speed, which will help you be able to jump effectively.
    06-10-2013, 08:19 AM
Ok, like I said, I've been working on slowing her down. Thanks guys.
    06-10-2013, 10:15 AM
What you can do that I saw my instructor do with another student's horse is this (he was also a rusher). You trot towards the jump but right before it, you turn her sharply and do a circle, and you keep doing circles right before the jump until she trots nicely and doesn't try to anticipate it.
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    06-10-2013, 01:56 PM
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I would suggest trot poles before your jump. Get her into her brain mode. It's what I do with our young mare and man is her form coming around.
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    06-10-2013, 03:28 PM
I would caution you against what Hidalgo is suggesting, you may turn one bad habit into another and create a horse that runs out. Another good alternative is to trot to the fence and immediately woah afterwards, or take the jump on a circle so she has to think about where she's going afterwards, and doesn't have time to get into 'rushing' mode. Grid work can also work wonders.
Although watching your video, your canter is way too big and fast WELL before the jump, I think this is a problem that needs to be solved on the flat first. If you have a generally rushy canter, you're not going to be able to slow her down approaching a jump. I suggest working on control on the flat FIRST.

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