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    04-25-2011, 01:29 PM
Horse charges into jumps.

This is not my horse before I start it is my aunts.

My aunts horse charges into jumps , the lower the jump is the more he races into it.
Anything over 70cm he's fine and if its a double he rushes into the first part but paces himself over the second.
Does anyone have any tips or excercises to help her out?
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    04-25-2011, 01:39 PM
How much dressage work do you do with the horse?
    04-25-2011, 01:47 PM
She does go through alot of flatwork with her horse , she tries to balance it out . She does flatwork before jumping him.
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    04-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Gymnastics....set up about 4 trot poles or cavelettis then add about 6 bounces in a row. Just set them up low and have your horse trot the ground poles then canter the bounces. It will help your horse keep an even pace. Then maybe you can ad a 1 stride at the end of the bounces...and gradually increase the height of it.

Another thing that I've seen people do is canter up to the first jump, stop right before it, back up then trot over it. I have never done this before, because I'm too afraid it would teach the horse to stop. But I've heard it helps horses that rush because they will approach the fence and slow down, because they think they have to stop. Then you can use your leg to get them over the fence. I think it all depends on the horse though, if you have a stubborn horse or very green horse, I don't think this would help.

Good luck.
    04-25-2011, 02:18 PM
School his brains out is what I did with my brat I took all jumping out of euqation untill I could change her canter tempo constantly and control every movement,
ONce I controlled her in the arena I could then move onto doing it in the field and did the same,
One I introduced jumping I ensured my breahting was relaxed and found saying SCHOOOOOOOOOOOLING out loud wiht deep breaths kept her quiet
    04-25-2011, 03:35 PM
Do you have video footage of her riding him? That would help to see what is or could be going on.
    04-25-2011, 03:46 PM
Nope sorry :(
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    04-25-2011, 04:12 PM
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Back to the basics... Lot's of downward transitions, make him trot the jumps and halt directly after. Halt in between the jumps and as said above, gymnastics.....
    04-25-2011, 04:18 PM
Lots of good suggestions here, I'm going to add one more -

If the rider sets their arm or pulls back as the horse rushes, you set up a cycle - more rushing, more pulling, more pulling, more rushing.

If you use trot poles or a ground pole in front of a fence, it's very important that the rider do as little as possible on the approach. Put a little loop in the run and if the horse wants to rush, that's fine. Let the poles and the gymnastic teach the horse to back off, rather than the rider. (Because if the rider asking worked, we won't be having this conversaton. )
    04-25-2011, 04:22 PM
How exactly should the rider correctly ask for him to back off?
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