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post #1 of 7 Old 04-17-2009, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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jumping help.

So Pyro is doing great! He's looking fantastic now that his winter fur is gone and now that he's gaining weight and muscle. He's gotten really good at being on the bit and collecting, picking up the canter AND the right lead. My only roadblock is that he's not a very talented jumper. He's great on one side and the other side he sort of wiggles around to the jump and flails over it lol xD like a fish out of water. He's gotten better, but he doesn't jump very good... I don't know how to describe it... he just has a bad technique I guess. but it's only going a certain way(I can't really say WHICH way, mainly going to the left).
How can I help him with that? Should I lunge him over jumps, let him free jump, or just keep jumping until he gets better? It's not his muscling either, he's got an ass and hind legs of steel. We're only on X rails, and 18" verticals, so I'm not over facing him... am I not challenging him enough? He seems to do better with the verticals than with the xrails. So opinions on how to get him to improve his jumping would be awesome!

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-17-2009, 06:32 PM
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i would try some jumping exercises...a good one is laying two poles on top of a vertical (kinda hard to explain) like u have the vertical and there are poles pointed toward the middle laying on top, it REALLY helps make them pick up their legs and its fun to jump! hope this helps
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hm.. do you mean like having a ground pole in front of the jump and then one after the jump as well? If so, I thought that was used to help them not rush? thats what we use for horses that rush. and I don't like using ground pole because he does even worse than he does without them lol xD

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I think what Dreamrideredc is talking about is if you have a vertical, you take 2 poles and lay them perpendicular to the jump (in front of it) then pick up the ends closest to the jump and actually set them on top of it so it looks like a ramp (sorry if I am painting the wrong picture Dreamrideredc). The ground poles, or canter poles you are talking about xpyrrohs do help back a horse off from rushing, however, they are also used to help your horse learn to canter to the base of the jump and use themself better. It is a GREAT exercise. And usually for the green ones it starts out very rough and not very pretty, but teaches them to rock back and use their haunch better (which will in turn help their front end). I would say just keep working on the flat work and getting him where you want him there, add a jump in here and there. Make it no big deal. But if you can get him right on the flat first (and by the pics you look like you are making progress) the jumps will come. Good luck!
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I don't know if this is much help, but my TB loves jumping, Im not sure how to describe it, but he seems 'insulted' if we jump small jumps like crosspoles, and he doesnt feel any need to put any effort into it, so he normally ends up taking bad distances, and tripping on smaller jumps...
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thanks guys! and OHHHH, i see what you're saying(I think).. but i don't see how it would help(if i'm thinking of what you mean..) with him actually jumping over it. I see how it would help the straigtness issue(which gets better once I approach it a couple of times), not so much getting him to pick up his legs :/ and Equinelover, my other horse is like that, nothing really seems to phase Pyro though... I threw a big yoga ball on his side and under his legs and set it on top of his back and when I threw it on him, he looked at me, hurt. xD like, "why did you just hit me with that?" it was adorable. but his ears are always perked up whenever we go over it and he seems to like it, but like you said, he may not take it as a challenge. I probably should of phrased the question better:
How do I get him to pick up his legs when going over the jump?
he just like, walks/half jumps over it. It's really hard for me to ride it because half the time I don't know what to expect because whenever he half jumps/walks over it, he throws me off and then I throw him off and we're just really out of ballence, which isn't good when there's another jump right after it. We trot up to the jumps.. should I maybe try cantering over? or will that just make him more off ballence?

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-19-2009, 11:11 PM
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Have him jump in an altered stride either collected or extended.
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