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    03-08-2014, 06:57 PM
Smile Jumping with friend's horse..Help!

I am not a horse owner, but once or twice a week I will go to my friend's house and ride. We will do some flat work and lots of other exercises.
But, when we get to our jumping...oh, boy.....Sonya, my friend's Haflinger, always evades the jump! It is a little jump.
SO, I will turn her in circles or try and try and try again. It never works!

My friend competes her in shows and wins. SO, the horse is untrained and neither is the owner..Sad as it is to say, I am the "untrained" rider. :(

Any suggestions on how to help my jumping??
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    03-08-2014, 07:06 PM
I was always taught never to let the horse leave the jump. If it ran up to thr jump and then slammed on the brakes I was to make it go over the jump no matter what...even if it crawled over and knocked down the poles as it did so.

Think of it from the horse's perspective: it knows when it stops in front of the jump you turn it away. That is the instant release and reward this horse is looking for. He effectively just got out of work.

My advice to you is to work on smaller jumps or crossrails you can put the horse over no matter what. You as the rider should be sitting tall, looking on past the jump and asking for impulsion while keeping the horse straight and well controlled between your hands and legs.

Good luck!
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    03-08-2014, 07:45 PM
Thank you for the advice!
Same as you, I was taught to never let the horse get away with that. Eventually she goes over the jump even if she almost every time knocks of the pole.
I've never tried doing lower jumps or just making her walk over easy things.
Thank you. I will definitely try that!
    03-08-2014, 10:42 PM

Another good tip is using lots of leg, really push with your lower leg and use your voice. and never let the horse leave the jump.
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    03-16-2014, 11:58 PM
If she goes to move away, spank her behind your leg with a crop and use your legs.
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    03-19-2014, 08:51 AM
You probably already do this, but something that really helped me was puting a groung pole a bit over the groung but not as big as a jump, before your actuall jump
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