Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
As everyone else has said - you cannot really judge what could be happening, without looking at photos or preferably videos. But, I will offer what advice I can. What height do you jump at home? Does he usually knock rails when jumping at home? How big we're the fences at the show?
How were you feeling? If you were nervous - then your emotions could be affecting the horse. A horse can feel what their rider is feeling through their seat. If it was your first show together, then you can't really judge your entire showing career on a couple of rounds. At my first show, I got eliminated from refusals - at the third jump. Now, I have no refusals or rails. It was purely practice and getting use to having my horse in different experiences and places.
Otherwise - it could be a training issue. If your horse is sloppy with his front legs, maybe using grids could help. Also, in my lessons I have (with a world cup show jumper) - she was telling me your entire round needs to be smooth. You have to have control, between your hands and your legs. If you come around a turn and your horse is very strung out, not only does this ruin your line. But, your horse continues to be strung out, into the fence. Causing their legs to be very messy over the fence.
Where as, if you sit up and be solid around a turn - get your horses legs underneath him, then you turn and your line is neater. Your horse is more controlled and collected = nicer fence.
You need a forward horse, not a fast horse.
Obviously, this may have NOTHING to do with why your horse is knocking rails. But, you might need to work on your approach, course, etc. see why videos will help? Another thing? Do you practice courses at home, or single fences?
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