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post #1 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Goes right through the jump

I wonder if anybody can help. I've recently introduced my mare to jumping small jumps. She doesn't jump over them she just keeps going through them. Any advice
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 02:13 PM
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Did you start her over cavaletti first or just go straight to jumps? When I teach a horse to jump, step #1 is to set up cavaletti at equal distances apart and first lead her over them by hand. Depending on your horse's height and stride length, it'll take some trial and error to find the correct spacing. I start by putting them 2 of my own strides apart and then adjusting them as necessary. This will teach her to pick up her feet. Start at a walk then trot (leading her, not riding yet) Once she gets the hang of picking up her feet I place a small fence at the end of the line so she goes through the cavaletti and then over the jump. Once she's proficient in that, I start the entire process over, but this time under saddle.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 04:30 PM
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This will probably be the least useful post ever, but I once had a relatable issue with one of my old mares. When we first introduced her to the idea of jumping, we started with small, natural obstacles- like logs in a field. (We did originally try poles in the ring, but she didn't respect them. (realized they were easy enough to kick out of her way.)) To my dismay, she CLIMBED them. She, being very tall, decided always to slow to a complete stop then lift one foot over at a time, a four step process. When I arrived at a larger log (probably only a foot and a half in diameter) she STEPPED ON IT, and climbed over. She once did this with a very solid coop we had built into our arena fencing. She stepped on top, slid down the other side, and then stood there perfectly content, in fact, pleased with herself, for making it halfway over. I was carrying a stick. She eventually ambled the rest of the way over after giving me a mild heart attack. She finally got the idea she was supposed to leap over things instead of mountain-goat-it after we followed her best friend at speed over a few small things.

The good news is that she remains totally unflappable, and eventually figured out that feet should go over in sets of two.

Perhaps try something more solid as well? (And hope you don't actually own a goat, LOL)
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 07:06 PM
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@macktheknife haha!!!! that was sooo funny! I actually read your post out loud do my family. seems like you have a goat horse! that was too funny!!!

As for the OP, I would do what kcscott85 said.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 07:39 PM
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How small are they? Most times "small jumps" are too small. Why exert the effort to hop over it when one can easily just walk or trot across it.

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 09:01 PM
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She could have a depth perception issue, like my gelding does. He isn't very sure where to place his feet and sometimes plods through obsticals because he doesn't know. Work her over ground poles at all gaits A LOT. Make sure she doesn't drag her feet over them, make her step over them. I have to work with this a lot with my gelding to help his issue.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 09:23 PM
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My horse did that also. I would have a small cross rail set up, and he would plow through it. Then i put a pole on top of the cross rail and he jumped over like a charm :)
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-01-2010, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses, definately helped. My sister rode her today, (my sister being a much stronger rider than me) and we put a pole over the cross and she started lifting her feet. For some weird reason she stops after she clears the jump, but I think thats her just being lazy. With my sisters help, she eventually came right.

Thanks again for the advice, we dont have caveletti's but it seems simple enough to build, so I will definately build some of those for our stables. I can't wait to try them out.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-02-2010, 05:42 PM
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teach her to jump on the lunge line without a rider. Get her cantering a large circle and move he to the center of a small obstacle. When you get to where she would start a jump move the whip closer to her rump. If she runs through it the first time then tap her (lightly) on the rump the 2nd time/ Idea is not tro scare her but get her to lift her front end. Unless she has health issues she should start jumping. Praise her, give her goodies. Next time when she's good from the lunge get on and rider her over the jump.

Be careful not to keep her jumping over things and get her muscles too tired -jumping does use different muscles so keep the session shorter to start with (15 minutes of jumping max).

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-06-2010, 12:36 AM
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My barn bought a mare that did this, even with the bigger jumps. We took her cross country, she learned jumping the jump hurts alot less

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