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post #11 of 14 Old 08-28-2011, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Jumpehunter View Post
Trot up to the fence. if she tries to take off hold her as much as so can and then after the fence halt her pivot and do the fence again. it takes a couple times to slow down but it does work. I was training my friends gelding and he was super speedy and not responsive until I tried this it works really good. and if they don't rush the fence and listen to you then be really still and let them continue over the fence and on the rail and try agin.
Sounds like you're riding hands first, and not body first. You give a horse something to lean into, they're going to take it. If your horse is unbalanced, and plowing along on his/her wont fix anything by yanking on their face aka riding hands first.

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-28-2011, 10:50 AM
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I would also consider doing a lot of gridwork with her.

ground pole, Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, one stride, halt straight after the last jump, don't turn her afterwards or she'll start anticipating the turn and before you know it she'll be whipping lef tor right immediately following a jump. Eventutally she'll anticipate the halt and as she does that you'll realize all you need to do is the ghost of a half halt and she;ll start to come back and listen to you.

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post #13 of 14 Old 08-30-2011, 04:58 PM
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Horses also rush because they are so darn excited! my horse did it a lot and still does occasionally but what really helped was getting a solid foundation of dressage. and lots of poles and trotting work. Then he learned to listen to my sues and started to respect my judgement as his rider and not just his passenger.

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post #14 of 14 Old 09-01-2011, 05:45 AM
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My horse gets MASSIVELY excited and rushy about jumping! I set up a one-stride double (don't really have enough poles to make a proper grid) and just circled before until he was calm, circled after until he was calm, repeat. It worked pretty well really, although he was still pretty quick heading back towards the baby (he is very possessive of her & to add jumping to a strong desire to be OVER THERE NOW PLZKTHX is ermmm, not the greatest idea)

Also, his problem is NOT lack of dressage training. He is very experienced and educated, good laterals, good transitions, and beautiful lengthening. He shortens his stride off seat alone and we always transition downwards off seat and then, if he isn't listening, a light rein aid.

I actually set up the one-stride double to work on ME and improve MY position, it was just there and I remembered what I'd read about grids helping with getting strong. It's only 2' or so at the moment, I'll probably put it up a bit.

Just confirming here, getting strong is VERY different to rushing! Rushing is a lack of confidence and signified by a very uptight horse that is likely to over-jump and possibly stop or run out. Getting strong is a very excited horse (also uptight but in a different manner) that will not stop or run out and is less likely to over-jump.
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