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post #11 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 07:26 PM
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I have to agree with wildspot on this one; that's not to say that practicing going over jumps at home won't help, it's just that you need to do it with building his trust in your guidance, rather than simply 'getting him over it'. You can get him over a million types of jumps at home and still have the same thing happen at the next competition...have trust building in mind, rather than the actual jumps, and he will do much better.

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 07:36 PM
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Practicing like you play will make the difference between a surprised horse at a show and a confident horse. He should trust you, and I assume that he does if you take him to a show. However, it is important that you do your homework over practice jumps, like some have said. It is very hard to go to the next level without consistent practice and an understanding. Don't lose hope, it happens to the best of us! I commend you for working to correct the issue at home instead of working it out in the show ring.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 07:53 PM
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Remember to always be confident. Your horse judges your emotions and looks to you for leadership. If you are confident about going over the jump, then the horse is probably less likely to make a fuss. This also comes from trust. If he doesn't trust you, all the confidence in the world isn't going to make him jump.

My horse is like that. She'll jump every jump no problem, but only if I'm confident about it. If I hesitate, she stops. Guaranteed. =)

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 10:56 PM
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I think a combination of the two should work. The horse is going to have no need to see confidence in jumps they're used to, and just "getting over" random jumps won't do. You need to teach the horse that if you're legging on and looking forward and feel confident in your seat then the jump is okay, no matter what dollar store junk you throw on it!

I did this with my horse, and no matter how confident we both were, she was scared ****less of this one bit of shiny streamer on a jump and would always take it a foot higher than it was. Led to a fall. Sometimes, you just can't predict horses. You can try really hard, but they will always have a bit of unpredictability in them.
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