Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
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!