Keeping a Steady Rhythm
Hey all! So, I need some advice. There are a couple of horses at my barn that I have been riding recently. One is an appendix, a been there done that kind of gelding, around 15 years old. The other is a warmblood mare, shown some (not a TON), is around 10 years old. Both of these horses is owned and ridden by an older lady, and she wants to do long stirrups with them. The mare is also ridden by an eleven year old (she is a fantastic rider for her age) in the short stirrups/jumpers. Both of these horses are awesome, but both have the same issue. They have great rhythm around the course until the last three or four strides before a jump. Then they just toss their heads in the air and completely just barrel right to the fence. This usually results in a flat, unflattering jump. Does anyone have any tips for calming them down and to let them know that they don't have to freak out at the base of the jump so they can rock back on their hocks and actually act like the show horses they are?