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        09-18-2013, 10:21 PM
    Set up two low verticals in your ring, one at 3:00 o'clock and the other at 9:00. Pick up a canter at either 12 or 6 and stay on a large circle until you have a nice, balanced quality canter going. Think rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. Once you have the nicest, most rhythmic canter going you can achieve, come off the circle and jump the nearest vertical. (Ideally the fences should be set up to where you are not presenting your horse to them while on the circle, but it's also not more than a few strides to come off the circle to the fence and disrupt the canter on approach. You do not want the jumps to appear as part of the circle or else all you will be training is the horse to run out) Ride straight after the fence, but then resume circling since it will most likely have fallen all apart over the fence. Lather, rinse, repeat until it all starts to flow. Be careful not to do anything different on the way to the fences. The idea of the exercise is to let the quality canter take care of everything else.

    The other thing you can try it to set up a single fence on a large circle and this time, keep it as part of your actual circle. Again, it's all about a nice canter. The low vertical is just another canter stride. Do as little as possible. Use the exercise to try and figure out what you might be doing to send either mixed signals to your horse or un-needed aids. A lot of us ride with too much noise especially in our hands. Figure out how to ride as quietly as possible. This exercise usually produces some nice light bulb moments. It's my favorite one for when things start to go wrong and you don't know what you did to screw everything up.
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        09-19-2013, 05:37 PM
    I would post a video but my computer is rejecting my memory card
    But I did take a film and watched it slow motion and I've been leaning forward to early then my horse thinks he has to jump to early and my rein are a bit tight.
    So I focused on me this time and let my horse jump when he was ready and it was perfect.
    Ecept he did try to rush a little but I could slow him down since I was still sitting up.

    My sister also suggested that idea and your right he does have slow down and concentrate on the jumps.
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        09-20-2013, 04:47 AM
    I did try to upload a video but my computer is rejecting my card but anyway I watched film in slow motion and I was leaning forward to early causing Rigger to jump to early and I had my reins to tight so the next time I jumped I focused on my position and let Rigger jump when he was ready he still rushed a bit but I could slow him down since I was in the right position and the jump was perfect !!

    My sister also suggested cavaletti jumping and your right he does have to slow down to concentrate on what he's doing:)

    Thanks for all your help.
        09-20-2013, 04:48 AM
    Sorry for posting it twice my computer is being stupid and not working properly:(
        09-20-2013, 04:52 AM
    Thank you myponypuck I don't a ring but I still tried as best I could and it also helped with my horse he had to concentrate and listen to me because it was new to him
        09-20-2013, 04:53 AM
    I mean myboypuck sorry didn't mean to type pony
        09-20-2013, 07:30 AM
    You don't need an arena to use MBP's exercise - you just need enough room to canter in a circle either with or without your jump in the circle!

    But it also sounds like you may have found one of the problems anyway. Are you leaning forward because you are losing your seat or leaning forward in preparation of the jump?
        09-21-2013, 11:29 PM
    I'm leaning forward in preparation for the jump
    And he also jumps logs perfectly big or small

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