Avoiding jumps?

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        09-04-2009, 03:27 PM
    Green Broke
    Avoiding jumps?

    Razz and I have been doing pretty good at jumping but now she keeps trying to avoid this one jump and it's only going counter-clockwise. I approach from the other direction and she's fine. But counter-clockwise she'll either slow down and stop or she'll dodge to the side. How do I stop this. I realize that some of the problem is me and my lack of focus at times (I'm working on it).
    How do I keep her from avoiding jumps, especially when we come in perfectly straight.
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        09-04-2009, 05:41 PM
    Do she have any sight problems? That might explain her being fine one way but not the other.
        09-05-2009, 10:24 AM
    Is it just one jump in the ring?
        09-05-2009, 11:48 AM
    Green Broke
    Does the jump have a different pattern on the other side or have something on the other side that frightens her going only that way?

    Try putting poles on up on the very far sides of the pole you are jumping. That may make her go through the middle instead of jumping to the side.
        09-05-2009, 11:54 AM
    I would like to see vid footage of this if that is possible. :) It could very well be you. Maybe going in that direction is not your best side, and in effect it is rippling to your horse which is then causing the veer out.

    Maybe your pelvis is out, or you need a chiro adjustment. Maybe one leg is longer than the other and you are throwing your horse off balance because you are out - therefore causing the results you are getting.

    Maybe your saddle needs to be reflocked on the right side, which could be causing back pain for your horse in that direction.

    I would not be putting the blame on your horse right away - I would first be looking at myself as the rider. My tack. Or how I am approaching my horse to the fence, or there lack of.

    Remember, our horses jump blindly. They are relying 100% on their rider to keep them supported at the base of that fence - if they don't have that, the good ones wont jump.

    A video would be great to determin what is going on.
        09-05-2009, 12:19 PM
    Is the jump always in the same place? It could be something is spooking the hors from approaching the jump on that side. Perhaps there is a reflection that blinds the horse as it nears the jump, causing it to shy away. Can you try to approach the jump (on the ground) at your horse's eye level and see if there is anything that catches your eye?
        09-05-2009, 03:50 PM
    Try funnel reins over jumps it really helps!

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