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post #1 of 2 Old 11-05-2011, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Pony that has issues cantering jumps?

He can trot 2'6/2'9 just fine. But if I ask him to canter a 1' jump he will go into a gallop about five strides before the jumps and jump two or three strides early, hit the pole some where above his knees and nearly trip over it.

The weird thing is that he can do bounces just fine, and one time he cantered the 2'6 jump with no issues (he acted like he was going to stop so I gave him a kick and he cantered it). But when I lower it to a foot and ask him to canter it he does that.

When I free longe him over it he will go into a gallop and jump early but usually makes it over it without knocking it.

I have done a lot lot lot of flat work and poles and he does perfect then but when it comes to the actual jump he rushes. And he trots them just fine just not cantering.

Your idea's/tips?

I'm having a lesson with a very good instructor in a few days, I'd just like to hear other people's advice (: Thanks!
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post #2 of 2 Old 11-06-2011, 12:26 AM
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When my mare rushes, I stop her before the jump, back her up so we're a few strides out, then ask for a canter again. From such a short distance, she can't gain enough speed to rush so she takes it relatively quietly. After a couple times of doing this (can't imagine she likes it too much lol) She'll do a course quietly.

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