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    10-06-2010, 10:16 AM
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If the horse speeds up before the jump...

Just curious here. I know some horses speed up a lot before the jump (not a good habit, but I've seen it happening). Do they speed up just before the BIG jumps or pretty much any height jumps (including tiny ones)?
     
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    10-06-2010, 07:42 PM
  #2
Yearling
When they speed up, they are rushing. A lot of times it is with both big and small jumps, but that is just my experience. It is one of those things that probably depends on the horse. But, again, from what I've dealt with it is usually both big and small.
     
    10-07-2010, 04:32 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Im a very Cautious rider sometimes, so my horse speeding up is him needing to clear the jump better. That's how some horses are, they like to power up to jumps, others are just rushers.
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    10-07-2010, 04:56 PM
  #4
Foal
My horse will occasionally speed up for the jump. Not good when its just a small 2'6" because it puts her on her forehand and makes it impossible to get a nice bascule. (Important in the hunter ring) When I feel that little burst, I sit deeper, spread my hands a little, and think slooowww. It usually works, but the best thing is to keep that from happening. To do that, I count my strides. Sounds silly, but it calms me down and that keeps her on an even keel. Sorry for the essay, but it was a good question, and one that used to plague me. It took a long time to get her to stay consistent all the way to the jump.
     
    10-07-2010, 05:05 PM
  #5
Weanling
My horse was rushing for a while and it ended up being because I wasnt releasing enough, so he just wanted to get it over with. It didnt matter the height. Pulling=more rushing. So I just had to let him go for a couple of days, with a better release and he figured out that it was enjoyable again. Hasnt done it since :) and I always make sure I do my best to stay out of his face.
     
    10-07-2010, 07:20 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I ride a lesson horse that likes to sometimes rush....so on some occasions I will circle him if I have time, then halt, then trot in again. I don't jump very high (2'6"). If he continues to do it, I will ask my coach if I can plant him on his behind before the jump, then back him up and trot from a few strides away. We only do it occasionally, but he does get the hint

The grand prix jumpers I would assume that they power the last few strides to help get over them, but it depends ont he horse.
     
    10-08-2010, 07:27 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by bigzee    
My horse will occasionally speed up for the jump. Not good when its just a small 2'6" because it puts her on her forehand and makes it impossible to get a nice bascule. (Important in the hunter ring) When I feel that little burst, I sit deeper, spread my hands a little, and think slooowww. It usually works, but the best thing is to keep that from happening. To do that, I count my strides. Sounds silly, but it calms me down and that keeps her on an even keel. Sorry for the essay, but it was a good question, and one that used to plague me. It took a long time to get her to stay consistent all the way to the jump.
I know somebody who sings between jumps. You'll hear her say "mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb". It sounds funny but it calms her down, and you can tell that it really helps her. Plus, it reminds her to BREATHE! People forget that when you don't breathe, you get tense, so the horse gets tense and rushes or pulls, etc etc etc
     
    10-11-2010, 04:12 PM
  #8
Weanling
Our Mustang pony was terrible with this. He would rush at any jump, the height didn't seem to matter. I think they just get all excited and eager to take on the jump that they forget about their confirmation.
     
    10-12-2010, 03:56 AM
  #9
Yearling
Some horses speed up before fences for many different reasons. Sometimes its from pain, sometimes just from lack of training, sometimes its the rider (most times actually ). Also, sometimes some horses rush small fences, big fences or both, it just depends on the horse and its reasons.
     
    10-22-2010, 09:21 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by haleylvsshammy    
I know somebody who sings between jumps. You'll hear her say "mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb". It sounds funny but it calms her down, and you can tell that it really helps her. Plus, it reminds her to BREATHE! People forget that when you don't breathe, you get tense, so the horse gets tense and rushes or pulls, etc etc etc
I say my A B C 's when im jumping or for my release youll hear me in the jumper ring going slow slow slow okayy have it. . Also saying your ABC's can also help with when you need to get in jumping position...
     

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