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    01-22-2011, 09:49 PM
Teaching him to Jump

Last week I trotted my new gelding over his first few crossrails. We have been working over ground poles very successfully in the indoor for more than a month, and finally had good enough weather to ride outside and jump a little. Overall, I was pretty happy with him. He trotted straight over them, without loosing rhythm or trying to run out. The only problem is...

9 out of 10 times, he tripped over them! LOL. We started with one about 12" high in the center, and for some reason, he thought he could trot over it in stride rather than actually jumping it. So, naturally, he put one front foot over, then tripped over it with the other and completely knocked it down. Haha. So I upped it to 18", which he took a little more seriously and actually jumped the first few times, but then went back to trying to step over it.

I have taught a lot of horses to jump, but I have usually had the opposite problem - overjumping. So I'm not really sure how to handle this. Any ideas?
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    01-22-2011, 10:03 PM
My horse that im training does the same thing even though the training jump is not even a foot tall......My friends horse leaps like three times higher than the jump is, so I guess differnt horses act differently to training lol.
    01-22-2011, 10:06 PM
If you've mostly ridden over-jumpers you're probably used to just sitting and waiting for them to take the jump, trying to relax, trying to get them to relax and stay rhythmic (not fast and not slow) to the jump. It sounds like to me this horses needs some leg and support. Keep a steady leg on him and give him a firm squeeze(s) with your calves before the jump.

Also, don't make the mistake of making him take a super slow approach, like I said earlier, rhythmic is the goal. Super slow is not necessarily better than super fast, both usually result in trippage.

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