Originally Posted by NeuroticMare
Gymnastics, gymnastics, gymnastics, with lots of placement poles!
My mare used to like to jump very deep as well, we only jumped in gymnastics with low square oxers for a long time. I would add a ground line to every fence that is pushed away from the base of the fence about the height of the top rail (ex, 2 foot jump, should be 2 feet away) and then add another pole about 9' in front of that, and add another pole about 18' after the fence. This is great at getting them in the right spot. You can add more fences in this line. My trainer's favorite is a trot in (with trotting poles) to a small bounce, 1 stride to an oxer with a landing pole 18' or so after the jump. You may have to adjust this as your horse goes along, to fit her stride or as she changes it. The point of the exercise is to stay out of her way and let her figure it out, it may be rough a few times through, but it should smooth out as she figures it out. Keep the fences low, under 2' or 2'3" that way you can make mistakes without a big risk of injury or scaring her.
What does your trainer say?
My trainer suggested using ground poles, which I did. However, he would approach the jump at a steady pace, freeze when he saw the ground pole, and then pop over the jump when leg was applied. We tried a crop, wearing spurs, nothing made a difference. Posted via Mobile Device