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    09-10-2011, 06:14 AM
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How do I get his knees even over fences??

Well the title pretty much says it all, but lately I've been watching a lot of videos of Mitch jumping and he doesn't bring his knee's together(especially on the lunge), physically he clears all the jumps no problems and gets himself out of sticky situations(generally), but how do I get him to look tidier while doing it? I know he can do it because I've seen photo's of him with his knee's perfect in the showjumping ring(over bigger fences though), I must be doing something wrong I'll admit that right now. Otherwise he's conveniently forgotten how to, but I doubt that.

I have literally gotten him to bring his knees together once.. Once, that's it, and I've had him since December 2010. I'm not impressed with myself I can tell you that much.
-I've been doing a lot of pole work with him and raised poles etc to try and get him off the forehand, but I still can't get him to jump evenly.
He consistently puts one leg down just as the other tucks up, generally his outside leg mind you he has only been jumping small verticles.

Any ideas, or do I persist with the polework etc? I would also like to start setting up gridwork for him, but I'm not entirely sure about what way I would go about it
     
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    09-10-2011, 06:24 AM
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Have you ever considered doing things such as grids, bounces. They might get him to 'think' a bit more and help with more of a consistency?
     
    09-10-2011, 09:41 AM
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Correcting this problem starts with flatwork. Usually a horse that's consisently lower with one leg of knee is stiffer or less supple on that side of his body; so the first step is to really work on stretching and suppling that side. Do 2/3 of your normal warmup on that side, 1/3 on the good side.

If part of his problem is that he doesn't engage evenly behind (one hind leg behind the other when he pushes off instead of bringing them together and pushing off at the smae time) then he can be helping by really working on the canter on that lead, making sure it's active, round, and three beat with a clear period of suspension.

Then it's time to start building grids and gymnastics.

Also make sure that you alternate the direction and lead you jump off of; and the direction and lead you land on. Some horses will drop a knee a little early in anticipation of picking up that lead on landing; this is especially true over lower fences.

If you could post photos or videos, that would help.
     
    09-10-2011, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by maura    
Correcting this problem starts with flatwork. Usually a horse that's consisently lower with one leg of knee is stiffer or less supple on that side of his body; so the first step is to really work on stretching and suppling that side. Do 2/3 of your normal warmup on that side, 1/3 on the good side.

If part of his problem is that he doesn't engage evenly behind (one hind leg behind the other when he pushes off instead of bringing them together and pushing off at the smae time) then he can be helping by really working on the canter on that lead, making sure it's active, round, and three beat with a clear period of suspension.

Then it's time to start building grids and gymnastics.

Also make sure that you alternate the direction and lead you jump off of; and the direction and lead you land on. Some horses will drop a knee a little early in anticipation of picking up that lead on landing; this is especially true over lower fences.

If you could post photos or videos, that would help.
I have been doing a lot of flatwork with him lately, but he's not stiff specifically on one side, he just drops whatever leg is on the outside first, no matter which way he is going.

That's another problem yes, just realised that as I was going through the videos again. But again he doesn't do it on one specific lead, he changes which leg it is depending on what lead it is. I might put up some photos to show what I mean if I have time.

Okay, that makes a lot of sense, I will make sure that I alternate everything.

I will try put up a video with photos in it sometime today if my laptop co-operates
     
    09-10-2011, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    
Have you ever considered doing things such as grids, bounces. They might get him to 'think' a bit more and help with more of a consistency?
I have done a few with him, but not undersaddle yet. I'll try put a video up of it
     
    09-11-2011, 04:34 AM
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Ok, no videos/pics tonight as laptop is being a bum, so I'll try again tomorrow
     

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