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    05-23-2012, 10:43 AM
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Calming my horse down

My horse, Spanish, gets really excited when we start jumping and he stops listening. He becomes very disobedient. I have some methods of my own that seem to be working slowly, does anyoen have any ideas???
     
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    05-23-2012, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by jenniferw    
My horse, Spanish, gets really excited when we start jumping and he stops listening. He becomes very disobedient. I have some methods of my own that seem to be working slowly, does anyoen have any ideas???
Hello! When my thoroughbred did this I started out with a cross rail, I would jump it then stop after it. Eventually I added another fence and anther and another till it was a full course, stopping after each fence. Maybe try this? Let me know how it works for you! Good luck
     
    05-23-2012, 05:36 PM
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Weanling
I used to do the "stopping after each fence" with my TB, but that never worked. What did work was creating the idea that jumping is NOT a big deal and that the jumps are just obstacles in your way of doing flat work.

Start your horse on the flat (warming up in the same arena as the jumps)... walk, trot, canter. Get him going nicely and calm. When he is where you want him to be, without changing anything or getting worked up over it, go over a fence. Right after the fence, get back to work on the fltat like NOTHING happened. At first, keep the time periods between jumps a little longer (maybe 5 minutes) until your horse is fully settled down. Once settled again, go over the fence (or another fence) again. Go back to work on the flat immediately, and so on.

It takes time, but it worked for us. While my horse still gets excited when jumping, he does not take off anymore or rush the fences, and he listens much better (we had also been working tons on the flat). Good luck!
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    05-23-2012, 05:40 PM
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Green Broke
How old is your horse and how long has he been jumping?
     
    05-24-2012, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
How old is your horse and how long has he been jumping?
He's about 9 and he's been jumping for quite sometime. He isnt my horse, I ride him when I school.
     
    05-24-2012, 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by LostDragonflyWings    
I used to do the "stopping after each fence" with my TB, but that never worked. What did work was creating the idea that jumping is NOT a big deal and that the jumps are just obstacles in your way of doing flat work.

Start your horse on the flat (warming up in the same arena as the jumps)... walk, trot, canter. Get him going nicely and calm. When he is where you want him to be, without changing anything or getting worked up over it, go over a fence. Right after the fence, get back to work on the fltat like NOTHING happened. At first, keep the time periods between jumps a little longer (maybe 5 minutes) until your horse is fully settled down. Once settled again, go over the fence (or another fence) again. Go back to work on the flat immediately, and so on.

It takes time, but it worked for us. While my horse still gets excited when jumping, he does not take off anymore or rush the fences, and he listens much better (we had also been working tons on the flat). Good luck!

That sounds great, like it would work wonderully. I am willing to put in the time for him, so if it worked for you, im willing to try :)
Thanks
     
    05-25-2012, 12:25 AM
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Weanling
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You can also work on this the days you are working on flat. Work in the arena where the jumps are and in the middle of working (when he is calm and going nicely) go over a fence. Go back to work and then do it again. Just make it random and no big deal.
     

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