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post #1 of 13 Old 03-15-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question How to make him slowwww down??

My horse will be almost lazy on the flat, but as soon as we start jumping he gets really excited. He has had everything checked and is healthy, it's just a behavior problem.
Usually, we'll go over a jump and he'll take off. Sometimes he throws his head down and bucks, or if we're outside, he TEARS. In fact, I fell off yesterday and got a mild concussion (obviously I won't be riding again til at least Saturday).
This is definitely something where I need help from a trainer, but until then, how should I help fix this? His bit is fine when we jump inside (only that issue with throwing his head down and bucking), but should I try something else? I ride in a kimberwick.

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-15-2012, 12:53 AM
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Half halt! Get him to be 10000% listening to you before you even think about jumping. He needs to be able to keep his cool otherwise you or him will get hurt (again). The bit doesn't matter, you need to be doing more flat work.
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post #3 of 13 Old 03-15-2012, 06:11 AM
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Agree with what Lins said - half halt! Head for the jump, half halt, and then turn instead of going over, or go around the jump. After a few repetitions, your horse should start listening a bit more since he won't be able to anticipate where you want him to go.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-19-2012, 08:15 PM
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Have you tried doing trot poles? Keep him nice and calm into them and gradually raise the jumps up. Just make sure to do lots of flat work in between do he doesn't think ones he starts doing poles all he's doing the rest of the ride is jump.

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post #5 of 13 Old 03-20-2012, 11:28 AM
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Work on dressage and HALF HALTS. Do 5 circles going around the arena at w/t/c. Work on figure-8s and stopping. Try trot poles and work your way up to the higher jumps. :)

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post #6 of 13 Old 03-20-2012, 11:58 AM
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Is he excited or rushing to get the jumps over with?
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-04-2012, 02:59 PM
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My lease horse is like that too. One thing my trainer told me to do is, if you notice that your hands are tight, he might be bucking or going faster because he's fighting your hand. My lease does that if I get tense or hold his mouth too hard without noticing.
What you do is put your hands forward, so there's slack in your reins, then half-halt. Keep doing that until he's at the pace you want. It works (at least for me) because once the pressure of your hands is gone, the horse doesn't have any pressure to fight and will often listen to the half-halt better than if you just half-halted normally.
I don't know if it will work for you and your horse, but I thought I'd tell you because it worked for me, and your horse sounds kinda like my lease.
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-04-2012, 07:34 PM
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My horse has recently decided he knows everything and tried similar BS. I set up two cross rails, one in the middle of each long side. The game is we canter a nice big circle until we are calm, connected and listening to mommy, then we jump the jump. Horse gets strong and opinionated again, we resume large canter circle until we are sane and calm, jump next crossrail. Lather, rinse, repeat. Once you are not adding any full circles and your horse is stepping over the crossrails, you've accomplished the goal.
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-12-2012, 01:46 AM
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Here's an idea that my instructor told me just yesterday, firstly when you're warming up before jumping, in a trot, get him forward, then slow him down, quicken the trot up again, then slow it down. Do the same for canter. Forward then very slow . . . What happens when you do this is when your horse gets excited during jumping slow him down and he'll most likely listen to you because he will relate it from the flatwork and he'll be like, "ah gotcha". If he gets out of control fast, just halt after the jump. Spin him around do it again then halt, spin around and repeat. Get him bored do the same thing over and over again.
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-12-2012, 07:20 PM
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if hes rushing my trainer once told me that if you set up a low crossrail or vertical and jump it on a circle untill they can do it calmy both directions, then you can raise it..

agreed with the haf halts and make sure you are not anticipating him to run/bolt/buck or hitting his back during the jump, you dont want him running from pain. definitly try to give with your hands and do a half halt and then give again.

good luck!
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