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post #1 of 9 Old 03-18-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Short video from today's jump lesson

Okay super tired from all the barn work I did today and my two lessons this week so really just wanna get input on what you think, not the bet run through this jump at all today but best video I got, landed on the wrong lead cause I leaned to far to the right? Or left? He got all wiggly cause I didn't keep my leg on him in the last two strides. My bad I look horriable!

Also we are weaning him off the stride poles.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-18-2012, 01:54 AM
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looks really good to me. I am not a jumper, (I say that all the time, I know), but I thought you looked put together and Ollie looked focussed and "springy"
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According to my count, you set up for that jump 11 strides before the actual jump, though your horse seemed calm throughout.... I would personally say to relax and sit until much closer, that will help keep your horse from getting 'wiggly'.
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At the trot, work on keeping your heels down and stretching your leg down. I can not really tell, but that is probably true for your canter too. Is he super green or is there another reason your reins look like that and you are steering that way? If he is not so green, work on keeping your hands a little more together. Use your legs and reins to keep him straight to the fence. You got a little left behind over the fence, and I think your leg slipped back as well. A couple strides before the fence, you looked stiff with your upper body, as you tried to get him to go straight. Try to not be as tense with your upper body and sit up a little more before the fence. Like I stated about your leg, if you can work on stretching your legs down, it will help with your base over the fences, and help with your leg and the issue of getting a little left behind or sitting back too early over the fence.
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i agree with pretty much all of what lostdragonflywings said. also it was hard to tell but it looked to me like you were tugging on the reins a bit on approach, you may want to take longer to get a canter rhythm going before approaching, do a circle and set him up good for the jump. good luck, he is really cute.

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post #6 of 9 Old 03-18-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yes he is very green, had a rough start from the last owner and had to go back from scratch almost. Wonderful trainer who started him! Got the basics down. But mentally he got brainwashed at just 5 when the trainer sold him to the gal who gave him to me cause he was unrideable (serious bucker)

Yes I was having to really half halt cause he was not waiting and getting heavy then my upper body collapsed causing his balance to be thrown off and he drifted to the left hard in the last stride, to I had my hands wide to help him then got left behind cause of my collapsed upper body I lost my lower leg support.

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So, he picked up the right lead because you tugged on the right rein right before the jump in an attempt to get him straight at the jump. If you watch the video closely you'll notice that all you did was turn his head, for the most part, and dictate which lead he was going to land on. He popped his left shoulder out, making him land on his right leg first, thus picking up the right lead.

I'd like to see you coming to this jump in a lot more of a frame, not with his head in the air, even as a green bean you should be introducing and enforcing the etiquette you desire (to a lesser degree) and that will be required of him when he is more seasoned. Circles are not demonic torture devices, get him working over his back before even approaching the jump, also, I wouldn't be working on a long diagonal single as that is one of the most challenging thing for a horse to jump, they WILL build up to it, they WILL want to charge at it.

Try a jump on a big circle, get him working over his back on the circle over a ground pole. When he stops getting worked up over the ground pole, make it a cross rail. When he calms down over that, make it a low vertical. You can even make him focus by changing directions of the circle. Straight lines are easy to build up momentum. I also spend a lot of time trotting back and forth over something. Trot up, jump, halt, turn on the forehand or haunches, trot, jump, halt, etc. until my horse gets the picture that it's nothing to get worked up over. Repetition is really the key when it comes to an excited jumper.

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agreed. you're really not allowed to change things when you're that close to your fence. Micromanaging on the approach makes him anticipate. You need to just keep it the same, the same, the same.

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i did a great exercise in my lesson this weekend that you should totally try ! i have some vids and will post when pos.

it is a single pole, one stride [i would say 20ft for your horse] to another pole, and then 8-9ft to the jump. all the time before the poles is 'your time' to change him, to mess with his stride, whatever. once you get to the poles its 'his time.' so once you get to the poles you have to leave him alone and let him figure it out on his own, this will help you not to micromanage. =] let me know if you have any questions !
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