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        06-19-2014, 07:59 PM
    Horse swerves?

    I am currently working on mine and my horses jumping. We haven't really done much due to lack of space and my back but we're getting back into it.

    Danny has always rushed into jumps and was wondering if it's excitement or nerves but I noticed that he will towards a jump even if I ask him to turn in another direction. I am beginning to think that this is both nerves and excitement.
    When jumping in the open, I have noticed a problem, he likes to swerve as soon as he lands, often causing me to lose balance (I am working on my balance) and fall.
    I was wondering what you think could be causing this problem and how you think I could fix it?

    Extra information, his fitness has increased quite a lot over the last 2-3 months and he has become very strong and it's difficult to keep him in a canter. Our swerving problem has only developed as his fitness has improved.
    I have started lunging him a trot over cavaletti and tyre jumps to try to engage his hindquarters. (He is heavy on the forehand). I ride him with a zilco flower hackamore but am thinking of switching back to a snaffle when jumping.

    Thank you for reading :)
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        06-21-2014, 05:06 PM
    Hate to do this but bump
        06-22-2014, 05:43 PM
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    A video would be a great help, hard to advise from your description.
        06-23-2014, 11:57 AM
    I'll try to get a video. :)
        06-23-2014, 12:18 PM
    The swerving may likely be caused by your balance. Are you perhaps leaning to the side and looking at his head or at the jump?
        06-23-2014, 01:41 PM
    Originally Posted by DannyBoysGrace    
    ................. he likes to swerve as soon as he lands, often causing me to lose balance (I am working on my balance) and fall.
    from my own experience with my former gelding and my limited jumping ability/equitation back in the day, my horse would swerve because I did not keep my aids on over and after the jump. I would 'throw away' the reins to prevent chucking him in the mouth and I wouldn't keep my legs on well enough to give him the same strong/balanced rider leaving the jump as I was approaching.

    Video would help us greatly, or even a photo series of you approaching, going over, and landing the jump.
        07-02-2014, 05:24 PM
    I apologise for my delayed response, have been really busy lately. :/

    EdmontonHorseGal, I think that is it. I am working on trying to improve my riding strength and balance now. Thank you :)

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