03-31-2012, 06:43 AM
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In my experience, it depends on the horse. I find this very irritating because it throws off your sense of everything when you want to clear a course, and your horse is rushing. On some horses if they would start to get really quick or too heavy on the forehand, I would simply steer them off the jump (not at the last minute of course) and canter, canter, canter, until they had their act together, and then give them a 3-4 stride notice on a jump, so they didn't have enough time to get rediculous again. TB's do this a lot in my experience. Change up your jumping routine. I don't know your experience level but try doing at things at an angle, rollbacks, etc. If that doesnt work and he is still rushing, then I would dig deep and really try to get him to collect. Does he respond to your half halts/check and release? How high are you jumping? I have ridden a few horses that get too quick when they are bored, say at 2ft, and if you raise the stakes they aren't as excited to hurry. Make sure you aren't sitting to far forward or giving any cues of anticipation. Don't anticipate the jump, and he will be less likely too. Just stay with him. Don't let him pull you around when you have tried everything else, finally lay it down that this is not okay and he needs to collect. Heck, stop him two strides before a jump and make him stand there, and talk to him like nothing exciting is happening. We bred TB's to foxhunt and steeplechase, so you can't be too mad, just try to get in his head that everything is calm and collected. Strong half halts, and a calm demeanor will help. Talk to him while he is being speedy in a voice that is assertive but relaxed and kind. Canter in circles before you jump. Don't give him too many strides before a jump for him to over anticipate and get too fast. Make sure your eye is up and your body is straight. If you look down and hunch, he may be more likely to gain momentum and get fast.