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post #1 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Help!!! jumping!!

i have a half Arab, so sometimes he gets kinda hot!
lol i need some advice in jumping! whenever we go to the first jump, Jiff always wants to start cantering before we go over. i try to hold him back, but sometimes hes just too strong! how to i keep this from happining?? any advice?? thanks!

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 06:24 AM
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maybe you should let him canter to the jump. its easier for them to jump from a canter than a trot especially if the jump isnt a small one.

if hes rushing because hes nervous or unconfident it might be an idea to take him to basics and get his confidence going over some trot poles and small cross bars. failing that, try circling him and not going over the jump when he rushes. circle him until he calms down and then approach them jump again. repeat if necessary ;)

some horses will just pick up speed a few paces before a jump. my wb canters up the jump quite sensible and then about 3 strides away he ups the speed and the length of his stride so that 3 strides becomes 2 then calms after the jump. thats just him :) whereas my mare keeps the same pace no matter what. shes not a rusher. she prefers to size up the jump, think about and then cruise over as delicately as possible :) shes such a princess
:roll: anyways my point is that different horses deal with jumping in different ways. as long as he is collected and facing each jump with confidence it shouldnt be too much of an issue. if he is rushing the jump and not thinking though that is something you need to deal with using those methods ive mentioned and other methods im sure other people will have for you

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 09:48 AM
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my horse has been rushing too, I just started to jump with him. My trainer would have me go over a jump and try and keep him at a trot, if he cantered we went over anyway but then she had me halt him right away and back him up two steps, then let him relax in a walk around the arena for a lap, then repeat the process. I have to say it did seem to work with my guy.
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 09:50 AM
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if ur horse is cantering to the fence put about 2 to 3 trot poles in front of the jump and just keep doing that until he'll comfortably trot the fences.

this is how we trained all of our babies or OTTB's so it's very affective. Do not let him canter the jumps until he is comfortably trotting them, if not that can cause him to get more hot and everytime he sees a fence he knows to automatically speed up and can cause even more rushings.

hope that helps

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 07:49 PM
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Ride circles over jumps, circle before, and circles after
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 03:28 PM
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The horse I jump on always does it.
Ok, well, sometimes he trots all the way, but usually its just on the edge of canter xD

You just need to hold him back, but remember to be gentle with your hands all the same. Dont harden your hands!
I know you might say:
"What?! Have soft hands but still hold him back?!"
But yes, thats what you must do xD

It helps putting a pole in front of the jump and then its ok if the horse makes a "half-canter" when crossing the pole.

I changed trainer and now I always gallop to the jump.
that might be easier. But its good to train the poles too!

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 05:01 PM
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You can put a pole on the ground before the jump to help him slow down and think. Its easier for the horse to jump from a canter than it is from a trot. If you place a pole before the jump, he has to think about getting over that and then he can worry about the jump. The pole helps both you and the horse to get into position for the jump.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-13-2008, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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thanks so much for ur help!! ill try those things!
but he doesnt start to canter right b4 the jump, its more as soon as he sees the jump

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-18-2008, 05:43 AM
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you said he starts cantering when he sees the jump so the second he starts cantering stop him straight away even if you just get back to a trot let him now that was correct pat him and tell him hes a good boy and turn in the complete opposite direction you have to have control all the time otherwise its going to turn into a nasty habit. if he starts cantering 2 or 3 strides out from the jump thats not so bad but if your not even coming up to it yet and he starts cantering do something completely different try to think ahead of him a little bit and get him concentrating on you not the jump try lots and lots of transitions walk trot walk halt and so on and be really hard on him with it if you want him to halt he halts when you tell him to not 10 steps later its all too late then he needs to listen to exactly what you want and do it when you want him to. does he do the same thing if your riding around the jumps but not directed at them? do youhave lessons? if you do what has your instructor said??
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-18-2008, 07:28 AM
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i wouldnt gallop to the jumps as mentioned by someone above ;)

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