How to get my horse to have better timing when jumping?

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How to get my horse to have better timing when jumping?

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    04-05-2012, 08:09 AM
Question How to get my horse to have better timing when jumping?

My horse has good form over jumps...when he gets the distance right. He either jumps too early, or too late. (here's an example...the first jump he does: )
What are some things I can do to get him to get his timing right? Would ground poles work? If so, how many should I line up?
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    04-05-2012, 09:19 AM
Jumping lessons and ground poles. Make sure they're spaced right!

Part of it is that he needs to be able to see his distances, and part of it is that YOU need to see YOUR distances! Make sure you can adjust his length of stride, and get your own eye in so that you're getting him to the right spot every time, and in time he will learn that you want a specific distance and will start to adjust himself.

The best way to get striding and distances right is not to over-think it! I can see 3-4 strides out where we'll hit our fences 90% of the time, as long as I'm just riding by feel and not analysing everything.
    04-05-2012, 09:35 AM
As well as whats been already said, practice practice practice. Take some lessons with a good trainer if you don't have one already, set placement poles and make sure your jumps have ground lines so they are easier for the horse to see the base. A lot of seeing your distance is knowing your horses stride and just getting a feel for it. Make sure your horse is decently adjustable so if you do see a bad spot coming in you can shorten or lengthen his stride to accommodate. Hope this helps!
    04-05-2012, 09:59 AM
It is your job to direct and guide your horse. You are his support system, you have to work together. Finding the distances is part of your job. Getting you to the other side is his. You need to see your distances. Take some lessons, it will really help. In the meantime, count your strides and establish a pace. Practice, practice, practice.

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