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    03-15-2012, 12:58 PM
My old riding instructor used to tell me to do that!!! :) It helped a lot, and I jump ahead a lot less than I used I harldy ever do it, but when my horse starts running out/refusing, I start doing it without meaning to...I tense up, because I don't want to fall off when the horse does something I'm not expecting, so I guess I try to get ahead of him so that doesn't happen. It's a bad habit, I know, but I've almost gotten rid of it. It depends what horse I'm riding, because, like you said, sometimes I don't trust them not to run out, which is because one of my horses does run out a lot.
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    03-15-2012, 01:13 PM
Also, avoid tall jumps for awhile is lieu of just poles on the ground as your jumps and/or cavaletti. Set them up as a small course. Plan to jump in maybe 3 different ways. WALK IT ON THE GROUND FIRST. Ride them totally in 2 point and figure out, again by feel, when your horse wants to refuse and how you can spur or use a whip or even your voice to get him over the "jumps." Try them at the trot. It is the most fluid gait. You're looking to get a swing in his gait that is even enough to hum a tune to it. Then, you want the same steady tempo going over the "jumps" at the canter.
When you think of it ALL professional athletes do this kind of training. Consider pro-football games where they show the QB or the kicker practicing along the sidelines. They practice the motion and follow-through but not as strong. Figure skaters do the same when they spot-practice their most difficult choreaography right before they enter the ice.
Not to be a wet blanket but you horse has one of two problems. Either he is lazy, or his front legs are going. I SINCERELY hope that he is lazy. =D
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    03-15-2012, 01:55 PM
I have read about doing that (making a course out of ground poles) but I haven't tried it before... thanks for reminding me about it, I'll try it soon and see how he does! And I really hope he is lazy too! He was a racehorse when he was young (he
's 12 now), but only raced once... the training could have taken a toll on his legs though, or maybe he had an injury and that's why they retired him... but he doesn't like to work too much, so I reaalllyy hope the only problem is in his attitude.

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