My horse loves to just run through jumps rather then over them. He's very capable of jumping but doesnt have any intention of jumping over the jumps? Any way to help him understand that I want him to go over them and not just run through it? Lol..
I am going to watch this thread very carefully. I am of no help whatsoever, I haven't started jump training my horse yet. But I know I am going to have exactly the same problem. My horse will also be thinking why go over? I Know I can go Through!
Ya cause I would hate to some how "lock" the poles in place because I don't want him getting injured thinking he can just plow through them and then fall on his head .. lol...there has got to be another way..lazy bugger I have!
I'm curious as to what type of poles you're using or how you're building your jumps? If you have proper heavy jump poles or lanscape timbers, build a pyramid of them on the ground and start trotting him back and forth over that. Then build a bigger pyramid of poles, three poles for the base, then two, then one.
When you start using a rail off the ground, make sure there's something between the rail and the ground to give the jump some substance, also make sure your using a ground rail.
Running through a jump built with regular jump poles or even landscape timbers should hurt enough to give him the incentive to jump cleanly and well next time.
What type of horse, and what do you usually do with him? Do you have enough experience jumping that your sure you're off his back, off his mouth and allowing him to jump?
Right before the jump, smack him on the rump with your crop. HARD. Be ready for him to hop over it like a bunny rabbit. The next time he should jump it. If he doesn't, rinse and repeat.
Personally I do not like this suggestion. Firstly, I would have liked more detail in your post. What is your riding/jumping experiance, no beginner should be teaching a horse to jump, it can be down right dangerous. Secondly, what type of polls are you using? If you are using little plastic pipes then your horse is just going to get use to it and soon discover it doesn't hurt. So using wooden polls works great!
I took the words "he's very capable of jumping" to mean that the horse is trained to jump. If he is, and he's just choosing to go through the jumps, he's probably just being lazy, which is why I advised using a crop. I've never met a green horse that would go through jumps. In my experience, they all leap over obstacles like they've got teeth.
I agree that the type of jumps she's using can be taken into consideration. If she is using PVC pipe, it probably doesn't hurt the horse when he runs through it, however, if she replaces the PVC with solid wooden poles (that's assuming she can get her hands on them), that may only fix the problem under certain circumstances. If she switches back to PVC poles or goes to a competition where they use PVC poles, then her horse could go right back to crashing through them. The crop, in my mind, IF used properly, will tell the horse "I don't care under what circumstances we are jumping, you must always go over, not through the jump."
I train all my own horses and a few outside horses so I am not green..haha..my horse is green to jump however, by capable of jumping I mean he's young and able to jump without issues, he's just lazy...haha..I have been setting them up as someone mentioned already..I tried really low cross rails (wood) with a pole on the ground to encourage him to hop over and no..he just plows through them. Then I thought well once he learns he can just run through it, he is just not going to jump because that's too much work! I am wondering what I am doing wrong or if I just have a smart, lazy horse. I should also mention I am not riding, I am just lunging him over them. He's my show gelding, he's 15.3, 6 yrs old (will be 7 in May) and he's a bay overo paint. He's a registered paint but is heavier boned, he's weighs about 1300-1400 pounds. I don't think it would affect his jumping ability for low jumping which is what I wanted to try with him, I want to do some english showing this summer. (I am a western rider) I know the english disipline as well as I teach lessons for both english and western.