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post #1 of 4 Old 07-03-2011, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question Out of Control Jumping

I'm currently leasing a thoroughbred named Simon. He's athletic and talented but out.of.control on a jumping course. I need tips to help him relax instead of charge at the jumps.

Methods I've tried:

1) Halting before and after jumps.
2)Giving him a very loose rein.
3) Constant circling.
4) Martingales.

He's in a snaffle and I refuse to upgrade him to a harsher bit because that's not what he needs. Any advice?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-03-2011, 12:41 PM
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I had the same issue with my tb mare, and found halting before the jump just made her "explode" at the base of the jump. Circling just worked her up and built anticipation. I've had success with tons of grid work.

- trot poles into a bounce
- ground pole into a one stride into a bounce
- two stride, one stride, bounce
- one stride into a two stride into a one stride

...just to give you a few you could try! I'd still suggest halting after the jump though if he lands out of control, just not before.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-03-2011, 12:53 PM
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If you're cantering, perhaps try trotting to the jump instead?

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-03-2011, 12:59 PM
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What worked for me when my course started getting out of control was taking 6 months off jumping, and focusing on dressage. Get a good dressage coach, and learn how to control with your seat and leg. Jumping is simply dressage with speed bumps.

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