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    01-19-2009, 05:45 PM
Back legs hanging

I am care leasing a tb gelding, and have had him about 3 months now. About a month ago, I free jumped him a bit to check out his form (knowing he has a background in jumping according to the owner), and he consistently lets his back legs sort of hang down low. He cleared the jumps, but those back legs did not tuck up well at all.

Is this a potential problem?

Is there anything to do about it?
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    01-19-2009, 06:24 PM
Need to see a picture but coming back into the saddle too soon in jumping can cause this to happen.
    01-19-2009, 06:47 PM
It was discussed here like last week I think, maybe some good ideas... Hitting jump with Back Legs?!?

I suggest lots of tight grids and oxers. Make him more snappy upfront and behind. If he is wearing boots on the hind legs take them off and let him bang them. Also make sure he is warmed up well before jumping, he could be a little stiff so maybe some stretches out of the saddle. My fave is to stand near the shoulder, grab the hind leg pull it forward but keep the hoof as close to the ground as possible, I hold the botton of the hoof, hold it and then place it down out as far as he will stretch it and make him walk out of it. Repeat on the opposite side. I usually dothis a couple times both sides before I ride.
    01-19-2009, 06:47 PM
What about while free jumping?

I will try to snap a picture... maybe is it just the way he looks...our other horses just have a much neater/tucked appearance over fences.
    01-19-2009, 06:59 PM
Can you make a chute with a grid in it for free jumping? Like have 3 or 4 obstacles with tight distances?
    01-19-2009, 08:24 PM
Thanks for the ideas pinto pony. I can make a chute with multiple jumps...I have been doing just a single jump in a chute, but I see your point about making his tucking snappier. I also like the idea about stretches.
    01-19-2009, 11:13 PM
Your welcome. I notice with my boy Comanche the difference in his movement when I do the stretches with him daily, even when I am not riding I go out and stretch his legs. I also do a few the opposite way with his back legs, pull them out behind until he gives in and stretches them himself, front leg raises pull them out like he is pointing and then if he is willing to co-operate, use a treat and get him to pull his nose between his front legs and get his spine nice and stretched. I just know that I feel great after some good stretches and he seems to enjoy it just as much hehe.

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