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post #1 of 18 Old 12-11-2007, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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RUSHING AT JUMPS......need help

Hi,
My tb mare has recently started rushing at jumps because it may be an anxiety issue or excitement prob. I was just wondering if this has happened to any one else and their horse and if it has how yougot it under control, maybe using cavaletti poles before the jump. If there are any other ways please let me know.

If I approach at a trot she will go to canter if I approach at canter shell take 3 very short strides at the gallop and basically everytime she knocks them no matter how small they are.

Thanks a heap
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-12-2007, 12:20 AM
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Don't let her take the jump unless she stays at a consistent pace. If she rushes at all, turn her off into a circle and approach again. Repeat until her approach is steady. Do this whenever schooling and it should become habit for her and you..."you don't get to take the jump until you approach nicely" :)

I have seen it work with a few horses nicely, maybe it would be a helpful method for you.

Also, I think you are correct...it sounds anxiety related. I would school on very low cross poles for a while to build up her confidence. She is throwing off her striding when she rushes, so she knocks the pole, so she is more nervous next time, so she throws off her striding again by rushing in, and so on...vicious cycle.
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-12-2007, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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thanks heaps I will try if anyone else has any tips that I can lean back on if I fail with that one from akpaintlover
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post #4 of 18 Old 12-12-2007, 10:16 AM
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I agree with AKPaintLover, and I have also seen turning before the jump work. Another thing you can try is walking up to the jump, and asking for trot just a few strides before. Keep the jump small of course, so that she doesnt have any issues getting over it.
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-12-2007, 02:06 PM
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Im have the same problem with my qh

Ill try the circles before the jump
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-12-2007, 03:07 PM
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I agree as well. I've posted that idea before......I guess great minds think alike! It does sound like a confidence issue. Just take it slow and be patient. It's all about approach and retreat. At the FIRST sign of tension, peel off and put her on a circle and wait until she relaxes, then re-approach.

Here is a quick article on horses that refuse jumps.

Refuses Jumps
If you’ve ruled out painful feet or joints as the reason for your horse not wanting to jump, then more than likely he is afraid of jumping or sick of it. There are usually two major reasons horses will react to your request to jump. Fearful horses have panic reactions; confident horses have defiant reactions. Either way, smacking them is not going to help. While you might scare them over it a few times, it won’t take long before you have even greater problems. Your horse will start to associate jumps with you smacking him and that does not bode well for making positive progress.

If your horse has a tendency to brace and rush at the jumps, or run off afterwards, he is most likely afraid of jumping. If you have a horse that doesn’t want to go forward, tends to buck going into the canter, he’s probably more lazy, stubborn or unmotivated about jumping.

The fearful horse needs lots of time, repetition and baby steps... like starting with a pole on the ground and crossing it at a walk, turning back and crossing it again and again (don’t go around in circles until he’s confident). The defiant, unmotivated horse needs a reason to jump. He’s highly motivated by rest, scratches and treats / grass. You’ll be amazed at how quickly he starts to like jumps.
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-16-2007, 11:23 PM
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At my riding school they have one horse who absolutely LOVES to jump. She rears of you don't let her jump it at the speed you want ie, you hold her back. They circle her up to the jump if she to excited, and we have found that she has become a lot calmer with jumping as she knows that if she goes the speed she is asked to go, she will get to jump it quicker.

With my mare that I taught to jump, she used to get to excited (i do this with my appy now as well). I always have the jump low, and just walk them up to the jump, just walk over it a few times. Then walk in and at different times, ask them to trot and let them trot over it. That way, because I am always changing when I am asking them to trot, they never know when they are allowed to speed up.
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-16-2007, 11:36 PM
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Yes. Turning in circles definitely will help. :)
Keep turning her until she listens.
I don't have a TB, but my QH mare will do that sometimes going to jumps; & turning her in circles always gets her back under control!
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-16-2007, 11:51 PM
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Circles will definitely help. Keeping a contact on her will definitely help (i.e. Don't let her run through your hands, circle her bring her to your level).. Setting up a gymnastic will probably help or cavalleti poles before the jump so she must trot it. If you think it's anxiety related, talk her down.. stay calm and coo "easy" "easy" "easy" soothing her will probably help.
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-20-2007, 04:49 AM
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I have a TB who has had this problem. It has been greatly reduced by using trot poles. We worked on this for a few weeks before attempting to canter. It did wonders for reseting his brain. Another option is canter poles.
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