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post #1 of 16 Old 01-04-2012, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hesitating Before Jumps

Hi! My POA gelding, Specs, and I are learning to jump together, neither one of us has done much jumping before, but we're learning together and so far he's coming along great, and I'm getting the whole 2-point thing down. I had a few questions/concerns/problems.

Specs tends to 'walk' or 'semi-hop' over the small crossrails when I'm leading him over them. I'll trot him toward it an he'll just like pick up his feet and walk over it... Now, with a slightly taller (1 foot ish jump or a log) he'll actually jump it, buit with tiny fences he'll just-- not try. He'll take it like a ground pole. :P Help?

And to the more important problem -- When I'm riding him towards a jump (at either a trot or a canter) he'll seem to hesitate before the jump... But he almost always makes it over, but I can/feel him get nervous like a stride or 2 away from the jump, then hesitate, then decide it's ok, then jump it... I've tried carrying a crop and really really encouraging him before it, and it works, but I don't really like using a crop very often and I'd like to fix the problem without one.
Any advice for me?

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-25-2012, 03:29 PM
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My horse does the EXACT same thing. I was going to post a thread about it, but I guess you beat me to it! :)
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-25-2012, 04:08 PM
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Don't approach the jump on a two point, or even a light three point seat. Approach it deep in the saddle and drive with your seat.

About one stride from the fence close your legs hard on him to send him forward.

As he leaps up, don't throw yourself on his neck (if you are doing so). Just sink your heels deep and close your hip and waist angles as little as necessary.

Hope that helps you out.
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-25-2012, 04:26 PM
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Don't approach the jump on a two point, or even a light three point seat. Approach it deep in the saddle and drive with your seat.

About one stride from the fence close your legs hard on him to send him forward.

As he leaps up, don't throw yourself on his neck (if you are doing so). Just sink your heels deep and close your hip and waist angles as little as necessary.

Hope that helps you out.
If driving with your legs doesn't gain enough, get a whip and smack him. That's what it took to get Mudpie to start jumping for real. He just needed to figure it out. After he got that down, he's unstoppable!
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Hmm..what about keeping a horse collected towards the base of the jump? my horse will go nicely, then right at the base just flatten and lose his momentum. x( I have tried giving him a tap with a dressage whip when he slows down, but then he just goes faster after the jump. x.x
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Hmm..what about keeping a horse collected towards the base of the jump?
I should have mentioned that in my post. The point of a driving seat is to drive the horse to your hand (increasing collection)
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nucks93, are you lengthening your rein in front of the fence ?

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No, I dont think so. I keep my leg on and try to keep him forward to the jump, but at the very end he just like, deflates. Haha I don't know if that makes sense. It just seems like he loses his momentum right at the base. x(
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I don't know exactly how green your pony is but if he really is learning how to jump I wouldn't worry about collecting him before the fence. Your goal should be to make the jumps as easy and simple for him so he can figure out what to do with his legs and body. My recommendation is to get on the proper pace and just keep him on it (using whatever aids to either slow him down or speed him up) and then get out of his way when he's jumping (don't hit him in the back with your butt or in the mouth with your hands).

Also, do you know WHY he's hestitating? Is he actually spooking at the fence? is he losing his momentum? Are you hitting him in the mouth/back over the fence and he's afraid of getting hurt? Does he have an unsoundess or stiffness that hurts him when he jumps? Something no has has mentioned is, does he have enough momentum on the backside of the jump? This is a common problem for a lot of green horses. After the jump they need to have the mindset of "keep going". If you do just one jump and stop, sometimes they quit working before teh jump's even over. Make sure you keep going for a bit after the fence. A lot of green horses need a little leg after the landing.
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Probably needs some ground training over jumps bc he sounds like he lacks some confidence. He should approach ground poles and small cross jumps as if there wasn't anything in the way--NO hesitation. Get him confident on the ground and then you can approach jumps in 3-point or 2-point or even bareback and he go over for you. =D
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