Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
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This is a very common problem. I saw this just last night, when I was teaching a jumping lesson. When you begin the jumping session, start low, at a level which you know the horse is comfortable with. Jump it frequently and on both reins, then raise it a few inches.
Most of the horses I know won't jump a large obstical until they've gone over many smaller ones before. Make sure that you're not anticipating as well, you wouldn't believe how horse's can tell when their riders' are faint hearted.
If you're horse is ridden with a crop, or he/she accepts it, carry one with you. After warming up over smaller jumps, go towards the taller ones confidently and make sure to ride the horse using your seat and legs to keep a good momentum. If you feel your horse dying out, give it a tap with the crop about 4-5 strides before the jump. If you tap them too soon they'll still be able to think long enough to decide to refuse, and if you use your crop too late, your horse may take off too soon or in some cases, run right through it.