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post #1 of 2 Old 02-20-2012, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I've got this almost sorted out...

Okay, so after looking at some videos of my last lesson where I lost a lot of confidence in my riding, I realised it looks more like I'm just not getting my distances, and Destiny isn't stretching down into a lengthened canter, and so we're both screwing up and putting in half strides before jumps, two-point too early etc.

I can get her to lengthen her canter really nicely on the flat, but between jumps it seems no matter what I do, she just goes faster but keeps the minced strides, and we end up putting 7 1/2 in a 6 stride line. I've tried just holding her back for the 8, but it becomes too slow and she doesn't have the impulsion to get over the jumps, but if I push for the 6, she gets almost bouncy, more up than forward, if that makes sense.

We've tried lengthening between poles and its generally the same thing, and now I'm a little lost.

Does anyone know why she's doing this? What could I be doing wrong to make her do it? Any exercises to help me and her get the lengthening thing between fences?
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post #2 of 2 Old 02-20-2012, 08:48 PM
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If you're still riding sans confidence, that's probably all it is. You say your horse's stride is fine on the flat but then get rushed approaching jumps. That screams rider error. Maybe you're doing something unintentionally to make your horse rush. If you've lost confidence, you're most likely riding with a collapsed torso, hunched shoulders and not really committed to jumping. Your horse will read into all of that and answer back with an equally half-*ssed effort. I might be completely off the mark, but there's no pics or video, so all I can do is dissect what I read in your post.

If I am right, the answer is to back the truck up. Set up some low gymnastic grids. Your job is to stay in position and not interfere. Your horse's job is to find the distances and jump. (this is assuming the poles/jumps are spaced properly)

Good luck.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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