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    08-20-2008, 08:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
jumping from canter

I have been jumping my mare for ages but I have always had this problem: whenever we canter towards jumps, we never get the striding right and my horse does one of the following:
1. Takes off really far away (most the time)
2. Takes off really close (rarely)
3. Adds in a little tiny stride then jumps (about a quarter of the time)

What is the problem here? Is she not trained properly? Or am I doing something wrong? I suspect its me.... but what should I do about it?

It isn't necessarily doubles or triples, in fact, she does the striding better with these. Its mainly just single jumps that present the problem.
     
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    08-20-2008, 09:43 PM
  #2
Foal
You have to be able to picture where your horse is going to be in three-five strides. You should know where you want to be taking off from as you approach the jump from a distance, and then adjust your pace to hit that mark. Three or four strides out you have to be thinking "Okay in three (or four) strides I'm going to be too close so I need to slow down a little" or "In four strides I'm going to be too far back so I have to speed up". You want to speed up or slow down over the course of three-four strides to get to the right spot rather than waiting and chipping in last minute or taking an unexpected long spot.

Try working over a ground pole and thinking in your head "I am ____ strides out" to try to get an idea of the length of your horses stride so you can start to picture whether you need to speed up or slow down.

And remember your in control. You tell him when to jump. If he's being antsy and taking really long spots, keep him calm and collected. Your in charge.
     
    08-21-2008, 12:32 AM
  #3
Foal
Hi,
Well I know a few horses who just naturally take off from further away, not because they are antsy or anything , but try and make them take off properly they crash through the jump, but seeming as your horse somes takes off to close or chips in an extra stride too i'd say just lack of ground work,
I would be setting up canter poles spacing them for your horses canter stride and go through them several times, then correctly space out double the canter stride from one end and put up a jump, this will encourage him to take of in the right spot, seeming as he must not touch the poles.
Or instead of poles, use small cavaletti and do the same thing, but making the last jump full sized.

This is how a friend of mine worked her horse through the same thing!
Good luck.
     
    08-22-2008, 05:16 AM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks everyone - I'll give that a try. Does anyone know the correct spacing for cantering poles? My mare is 14.1 if that helps.
     
    10-08-2008, 01:28 AM
  #5
Foal
This used to happen to me all the time! Basically what helped me was just holding them back. Don't get ahead of them (don't give rein too soon, start leaning forward too soon, etc) just make sure you sit deep and keep really good contact with their mouth, that will also help them shorten their stride so they can fit another in and not have to "over-jump"
     
    10-08-2008, 10:32 AM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by sempre_cantando    
thanks everyone - I'll give that a try. Does anyone know the correct spacing for cantering poles? My mare is 14.1 if that helps.
For a canter pole in front of a jump I usually space it out about 9 feet away for a typical 12 foot strided horse. For a 14.1 horse I'd scoot it in a foot or two depending on his stride. Try it a couple times and scoot it in until she can jump it comfortably.

As far as working on finding a good distance, there are 3 key things to remember! Pace, Line, and Rhythm.

Line- You must keep a straight line towards the jump. Drifting left/right or wiggling to the jump will throw off your distance.

Rhythm- Your horse must stay in a consistent rhythm. Lots of horses tend to slow/speed up slightly in the corner toward the jump, or going away/towards the gate/barn. I personally think most missed distances are from not keeping a steady rhythm.

Pace- Too slow or too fast will ruin a distance. Knowing what the correct pace is, is the hardest to learn, I think! An exercise to work on... space 2 ground poles out about 60 feet apart. Should be 4 strides inbetween for a horse (your pony will be 5 strides). Ride it in a 'normal' canter and see how many strides you get. Then speed her up and try for a 4. Slow her down and try for a 6. Then ride it in a 5 stride again. That will be your pace.
     

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