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How Can I Calm Her Down?

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    07-20-2011, 12:30 PM
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Weanling
How Can I Calm Her Down?

Ok, so I have turned my mare into a little jumper..haha.. And she loooooves it. Like way too much. You can hardly have her in the same arena with them once you get her to canter, she tries to take off. I can control it, and keep her down, but it's a bit of a fight.. She also likes to rush out of the jumps.. She has her ears forward and is just really excited at all times about it, so it's not a anxiety issue.. She's one that never refuses..She will drag you over the jump..I just don't know, because she doesn't even get this hot about speed events..Just jumping..

Any advice?
Thanks :)
     
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    07-20-2011, 01:48 PM
  #2
Started
Maybe you should event her?!?!?!
     
    07-20-2011, 01:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Sounds like you need to stop jumping for a while. The situation you described is a dangerous one. When she is calm and responsive being worked on the flat around jumps, I would start her back on gridwork only.

Several bounce crossrails in a row to teach her not to rush is a great exercise. Then begin varying your strides in your grid.

When she is calm and responsive doing all of this, maybe then you can start jumping again. Good luck and be careful.
     
    07-20-2011, 08:56 PM
  #4
Weanling
My horse was SUPER hot when I first got her and would rocket over the jumps so fast you couldn't even tell they were there, lol. I would suggest finding a knowledgeable jumping coach who know how to start horses jumping to help you set up obstacles to help the rushing to the fence. Bounces and lines as well as grid work all help. I would also work in many small circles. Whenever your horse decides to speed up make small circles to slow her down and don't allow her to leave the circle until she's relaxed. This will take a lot of patience on your part, but she'll get it soon enough. In the beginning my mare took maybe 10 turns before even hinting at settling down, now (2 months later) she calms down in one. Maybe practice using half-halts to slow down your horse too. One of the most important things about jumping is pace control, and please do not attempt full courses until you have this under control. The main thing is to always stick with whatever you decide to do and not allow any leniency. Remember to be patient, it might take a while, but the results will hopefully be good =) Good Luck, and hope this helps!
     
    07-20-2011, 09:07 PM
  #5
Started
My stallion would do the same thing. We began to just do flat work in the arena with the jumps set up, head toward them then circle and move off (no jumping) until he realized that seeing jumps didn't mean he actually got to go over them.

I eventually moved him up to flat work, one jump, then a ton more flat work. He learned that getting excited about the jump only meant he got to do more work on the flat. It just took time to relax him around them and over them.
     

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