HELP my horse doesn't want to put his hind legs under him

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HELP my horse doesn't want to put his hind legs under him

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    11-11-2012, 06:43 PM
Exclamation HELP my horse doesn't want to put his hind legs under him

Hi, I'm wondering if anybody of you have met with the same problem as me since me and my trainer are totally desperate about this. My horse is 10 years old and I've owned him for 2 years now.
Before I bought him, he used to jump 110cm competition, but he had a quite aggressive rider before and I'm a small woman... so we start with re-trainig by working on the flat, include trotting poles and jump a small cross-pole etc. Every little or bigger problem was solved with the time needed, and now my horse is perfect and riding "by himself" (no need for full hands or strong legs).
However, we found out that my horse has serious problem with his jumping technique. When I'm approaching a jump his hind legs never come closer to a jump. Before take off he leaves his hind legs far from a jump and doesn't know how to put them under him and just after that take off. This problem is noticeable mainly when I'm jumping higher and wider oxer.
We were wondering if a horse can be born with this bad technique or the reason is previous strong riding with regular smashes to horse's mouth after almost every jump. However, we tried jumping without hands and it was ever worse. He has every other predisposition for jumping and even much higher competition. Please help if you have any advice. Thanks for anything!
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    11-11-2012, 06:47 PM
Do you have any pics/videos? It is easier to give advice when we can see what is going on! :)
    11-11-2012, 06:48 PM
Do you have any pictures or videos of him jumping? That would help me out, I can't picture what you mean by bringing his legs under him.
    11-11-2012, 06:49 PM
I will try to add something soon for better understanding ;)
    11-11-2012, 06:56 PM
It sounds like he might be jumping early - at least, that's what the description of what the horse is doing made me think of.

If that's the case my suggestions are:

- I would try setting a pole on the ground about one stride ahead of the jump - that should be his takeoff point.
- make sure that you are not cueing him to jump too early by going into 2 point to soon - wait until his feet leave the ground, pretty much pushing you up and out of the saddle.
- try doing some more trot jumps
    11-14-2012, 08:51 AM
I would maybe try some grids with him - they seem to help shape up a horse's technique over fences. Videos would be helpful. Just checking: Does he have enough impulsion to the jump?

I do agree with DancingArabian - it does sound like he may be going early.

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