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post #11 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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When I got him he used to zig and zag before jumping the jumps and I found that when I hold my hands out like that he stays straighter.
He is now mostly over his zigzagging so I should probably stop doing it.
Also he is inclined to go really fast as he gets excited around jumps and if I hold onto him he gets annoyed and chucks his head around so I try to sit really still and use my seat to slow him down not the reins.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 04:53 AM
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Well then it definitely sounds like you need to go back to 'jumping 101' with this horse. IE: cross rails, lots of cross rails, get him in the middle, get him straight. You don't need hand gimmicks, you need even pressure in your legs, you need him to listen to you and go where he's directed. Grid work will help the rushing, little grids (ie: cross rails) with lots and lots of bounces, exercises to work on his 'woah' and backing him off from the jump.
IMO with those types of issues and jumping at this height are a recipe for disaster.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Standardbred View Post
Thanks for all your help!!
Yes, I have recently teamed up with a great trainer who is really helping me get my flat work up to scratch.
I am 16yrs old and come early next year when I turn 17 I am no longer allowed to compete my pony so I will be selling him to a good home and buying myself a horse. I do have a 15.2hh horse at home but she has arthritis and is not suitable for jumping higher than 50-60cm so I can't compete her.
When I got Colby, he had only been ridden at a walk and trot as his owner was a beginner rider. I have owned him for a year and in that year he has come a long way, he still has quite a way to go but when I got him he would zig zag infront of the jumps, approach at a mad canter and bolt after the jump etc.
Currently at home we are working on a slow, controlled trot to the jumps when warming up and a balanced, even canter around the whole course (not just after the jumps).
He's doing really well and improves so much each day.
Thanks everyone for your comments and keep them coming!!
You are 16 but claim to be a coach with students, as you did in this thread?
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