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post #1 of 3 Old 01-19-2011, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Exercises to Improve Jumping [without jumping]?

So, I can't jump outside of lessons for the time being -- a. I'm not totally comfortable doing that with Sasha yet, and b. barn rules say that I can't without an instructors permission. Alright, I can still do poles and the such.

Sash can be a bit "up" when jumping sometimes. She's usually ok to the jump, but she gets excited after. She has been getting much better, but I want to improve. Sash needs work slowing her canter down after the jump and staying relaxed. She will halt after the jump with no problem, but she [at least] tries to go quickly after the jump.

Any exercises I can work on? I'm assuming collection/lengthening work will help, and I have been working on that, as well as working on a very loose rein on occasion to just let her relax and stretch out.


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post #2 of 3 Old 01-19-2011, 04:24 PM
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How about canter poles?

Long and loose ALWAYS help. Lots of transitions, etc. are also helpful. Bending, circles, etc.

I'm not a jumper, but those should help in general. I'll let a jumper chime in on what will really improve jumping.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-19-2011, 05:59 PM
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Place two poles either 36' or 48' apart. Practice adjusting your horse's stride by getting 3 strides, then 4 strides, etc. This exercise will help improve your ability to adjust your horse's stride.

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