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post #1 of 6 Old 07-31-2011, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy How to jude your horses strides in between?!:/

i have a huge bulky horse, Chester. i want to start jumping him, his hindquarters are amazingly strong. sometimes his strides are off? he jumps to close and does this quick half-stride thing, and sometimes he jumps too far away and has to stretch out.... what is happening and how do i fix it?! oh also, when i try to collect him or slow him down, he just flexes his neck insted of slowing down or collecting?!?!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-01-2011, 01:53 AM
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the first one is called "chipping". the other example is called the "long" spot.
you need to see your distances before you are jumping around or you'll get launched. try cantering over poles on the ground, counting the strides in between. Push him up to make him canter over the poles in less strides, or sit back and make him wait to give yourself a couple more strides in between. You're horse needs to be patient and adjustable in between the lines.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-02-2011, 08:35 PM
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pretty much going to second what Oxer said above.
have a pole out on a circle and canter over it repetitively until you can see exactly where he takes off, and know what point is comfortable for both you and him. Then, once you can fully adjust his stride length (also practice this over sets of poles), jumping will be easier as you know where he needs to take off, his exact striding and then if you DO come into bother, you will be able to sort him out. It's all about going back to the foundations to save future accidents. Hope this helps!

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thanks so much for the advise:) i will go out tomorrow---actually i have volleyball practice-- so anyway,. ill practice soon alnd letchyall know:):) thanks again for the help!!
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It helps to "see" strides if you imagine the rear legs instead of thinking about the front. Seeing strides is pretty hard to learn, one day you'll just go out there and it will click ;)

But I agree with the others. Working with ground poles and adjusting your stride with those will help you before you tackle actual jumps. I actually learned while jumping, on a great schoolie who pretty much got distances himself. My instructor had me count... Like 3,2,1 TAKEOFF to help me judge distances. From there I had to start at 4 strides out, then 5, etc.

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okkay:) thanks,. ill try that!! sounds easy to understand!
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