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post #1 of 6 Old 04-24-2011, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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TOO Comfortable with Jumps

I recently jumped on my new mare. Ended up being pretty good. However, she pays absolutely no attention to the jump. Which is good because she's not worried about it. But bad because she carelessly allows her front feet to knock it. If I want any future in show jumping her we can't have that. Any advice?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-24-2011, 10:36 PM
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I recommend approaching the jump in trot and putting a few trot poles before the fence, start out maybe even with a raised ground pole or two at the end(also good for developing a topline). The ground poles generally draw attention to keep balance, and the horse starts focusing a bit more. It's worked with all of my jumpers so far. Hope you see some results.

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I recommend approaching the jump in trot and putting a few trot poles before the fence, start out maybe even with a raised ground pole or two at the end(also good for developing a topline). The ground poles generally draw attention to keep balance, and the horse starts focusing a bit more. It's worked with all of my jumpers so far. Hope you see some results.
As a matter of fact we had four trot poles approaching the jump. And the jump was just a small crossrail with poles on the ground on each side to make it wider. I was approaching at a trot each time and she transition into a lope after she jumps. We even made the jump higher and she could care less.

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*thinks* There is this thing my trainer does with my boy every so often.

"Use grid work and V's over the jumps. To set the V up over the jump, you would put wings on the side of a vertical and then angle them into the center of the jump so that the ends of the poles touch in the center of the vertical. This will make the horse look down at the jump, tuck his knees and back feet and round over the jump."

She'll probably spook at first. "OMG there are way too many poles here! How do I jump this?!" So use LOTS of leg, lots of purpose in your riding aids. She'll probably jump big the first time so hang on tight! But this works really well with my boy and any other horse I've needed it with. It can be used with oxers too. :)
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Ooo, I think I like that. I think it could work! I'll definitely have to try it out.

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Let me know how it goes :)
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