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  • How to slow a horse down when jumping

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    12-04-2011, 11:01 PM
Slow down!

My horse has been jumping for 3 years now in show jumping and cross country . I want to do hunter jumper classes with her but she won't slow down for he jumps. She stays nice and collected then 3-5 strides before the jump she starts galloping then takes 5-7 strides to recover to a collected canter again. I have tried walking and jogging over them but it never works. Help?
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    12-05-2011, 03:12 AM
How do you feel yourself when jumping ? Do you get nervous / excited? It could be that she's picking up on your energy levels. Maybe try some little jumps and flatwork exercises in an enclosed space - circling her away every time that she's too fast. X
    12-05-2011, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by AmazingGrace    
I have tried walking and jogging over them but it never works. Help?
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If by this you mean, she still breaks into a canter and rushes the fence, she is running through your aids. Some dressage/flat work related to jumping lessons are in order. Until then, try setting up 4 ground poles space 4'6" before the first cross rail and trot in. Unless she plans on jumping the whole thing, she'll have no choice but to trot in. Once you have success, do it over and over again until she's bored with it and loses interest in rushing it.

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