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    11-06-2011, 04:21 PM
Question Horses hoofs and jumping

Firstly, Sorry if this is in the wrong place, this is the first post I have made.

I am training my horse to jump, shes 12.
She has jumped before, about 4 years ago, so I know she can do it, its a case of training her back up as she was rescued from a school.

I took her over some trot poles, all was fine, set up a small cross bar and she keeps knocking them over with her back feet (not everytime)
She has lazy back feet.

Firstly, does anyone have any tips that could help me to get her to lift her feet, and also is there any shoes that I can put on her hoofs/legs that will protect them from the knocks, as I don't want her injured.

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    11-06-2011, 04:47 PM
I have steel front shoes on my mare. I also ride with four polo wraps or splint boots for protection.

A good way to make a horse pick up their back end is to trot jumps lots and lots and lots. Also, do a LOT of gymnastic lines.

Here's a video of my friend doing a gymnastic line on my pony:

Start them out fairly low, like I have in the video. You may want to to cross rails in the beginning if your mare isn't accustomed to jumping. The first jump has a stride length between it and the second one, then the last three are bounces. This exercise forces them to use their back end or else they won't be able to execute the bounces as well. It also teaches the horse to be careful where they put their feet and not to rush. Make sure if you do this that you leave her face alone.. When I do gymnastic lines I never touch the reins. If the jumps are small enough, you may want to stay up in two point throughout the line so you don't get off balance.

Hope that helps! Good luck. :)
    11-06-2011, 05:04 PM
Thank you for that. The rider in the video is very good !

I think were a long way off of that sequence, but I will persist with the trot poles and place a couple of jumps in a line (once I can get her over them!) and see if she improves.

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