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    10-29-2009, 04:04 AM
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My 6 year old mare Flick has great natural jumping form but has to stop and inspect the jumps before she will go over them. Just a couple of days ago I had a small course set up and she jumped the first 3 jumps great but when she came up to the 4th one I hadn't walked her past it and she stopped and wouldn't go near if for about 5 minutes. Is this something that you can get them over with heaps of training? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    10-29-2009, 04:27 PM
Once you train her over and over again she should go over them but I never raised a foal so im not sure. But I did work around a couple of my friends and they just kept going over and over it. But if she is jumpin the rest she might also be testing you, to see if you will make her do it.
    10-29-2009, 06:34 PM
If you are teaching her to jump then she is still learning... she will want to make sure that things are ok before going over them. Even if you walk her over them that is ok- like make the jumps small enough that she can walk them over, don't let her walk away form the jump push her over it.

If she is stopping put the jumps down to just polls on the ground and make her go over them ... do that till she is comfortable.

Don't raise them till she is solid and don't let her walk aways from any of them- always over even if she knocks them down

Good luck!
    10-29-2009, 10:35 PM
Thanks, I will try that, she does go over them as trotting poles after a while but it takes ages.

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