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    09-21-2007, 02:56 PM
Confidence while jumping

Does anybody have any ideas for getting a horse more confident while jumping?

My horse is great at jumping, and some days he's all for it and he'll jump anything. Sometimes though, he's just really unsure, you can feel him going from one side to the other going to the jump, thinking will I or won't I? I'm always really positive going to the jump and look ahead. Sometimes I think he'll go over then he'll leap to the side so suddenly.

I don't think i'm over facing him because they're not especially big ...

Any ideas?
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    09-21-2007, 10:42 PM
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.

Good Luck!
    09-24-2007, 11:05 AM
Thanks, I think i'll definitely try doing lots of smaller ones to start with, before doing bigger ones.

As for the whip, he's not to great with them. I do carry one but hardly ever use it because he's very sensitive and he gets all upset when I use it.
    09-24-2007, 04:14 PM
I know what you mean, that's why I didn't strongly suggest it. Maybe just really reinforce the take off with your legs. I just rode Flash over a jump for the first time today. At first he knocked it down, but I hugged him with my legs and accually pulled up a little, that really urged him over.
    09-25-2007, 12:25 AM
Try longing him over fences- this is what my trainer did for one of her green horses and in worked really well

Start low and slowly build up... my longing him you let him figure it out by himself without worrying about whatever we are doing in hte saddle lol.. but also it proves to him that he can do.

If you have any questions about longing over fences, ask us or your trainer because that's what were here for!

Good luck! Hope I helped lol
    09-25-2007, 09:19 AM
I always used to lunge him before I rode because he was always so hyper and I used to pop him over a couple of fences. It might've helped actually.

Only problem is the yard has jumps with big tall wings now ... kinda hard to lunge over. I'll try and find something though. :].

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