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post #1 of 4 Old 08-19-2009, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Cool using hocks and back end over fences!

hiya, i need my horse to push from his back end more over a fence, ideally get him bouncy(canter) and when taking off, to push from hocks. Hes 16.3hh so quite long and also can be strong so i need him to shorten his strides etc, i try half halting and it works for the first fence then he seems to go back long again, sometimes dragging his back legs over and knocking it.
Any ideas how to get him stronger from behind, and to shorten his canter?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-19-2009, 05:32 PM
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Place a ground pole 9 to 11 feet after the fence so he has to fit in a balanced canter stride after the fence. You could also canter a set of 4 ground poles with that same spacing to help him use himself better.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-19-2009, 10:02 PM
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Gymnastics gymnastics gymnastics! and then more gymnastics! Particularly with several bounces in a row. If you need some ideas let me know and i'll write out a couple of ideas for you. They're the best way to teach a horse how to rock back and use their body properly.

Also, sounds like he's probably a little strung out, which is common weakness for a longer horse. I'm going to assume he's probably a little on his forehand? Lots and lots of transitions! And then get him moving laterally: turns on the forehand/haunches, leg yields, and particularly shoulters-in. Great exercises to strengthen a horse's hind end and teach them to carry themselves. Once he can carry himself well on the flat it will start to translate to jumping.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-21-2009, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys. ill give um a whirl x
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