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        10-23-2012, 12:54 PM
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    Weanling
    I don't know if its just that the jumps are so small that your horse wont even mind them, or what, but he looks about to nick every one of those jumps. Have you jumped him any higher than that? Does he do better jumping higher jumps (when riding)?

    I am going to start by saying do LOADS of grid work. It will teach your horse to pick up his feet, and pay attention, and it will give you better balance. It should also teach your horse not to take off so early (although, he is taking off too early) because if you set up a bounce, as soon as he lands he is going to have to be jumping again.

    You also need to release MORE. MORE. MORE. :) If you need to, tie a bright orange ribbon in his mane higher up on his neck, and each time you go over the jumps, sttrreettcchhh your arms up to reach that ribbon. Also, instead of relying on the reins, grab a piece of his mane instead.

    And as others have mentioned, sink your heels down, and shorten those stirrups. Sinking your heels alone will help your balance allot.
         
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        10-27-2012, 03:39 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Thankyou for all the help. :) I'm not sure why he looks as if he struggles, other than the fact he's a lazy, fat, unfit 12hh pony. Unless I really get him moving, he'll do a step over it. I also have issues when cantering him, I know he can do it because me farrier can get him to, but he won't unless you use spurs. Although it looks like it, he doesn't actually hit the jumps very often, when he does I hardly notice and it doesn't knock them off... with my heels I think its because of how long my stirrups are, they're longer than what they were last time I jumped. My mum has a old mare that I might try jumping on to see if I go any better..
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        11-05-2012, 06:51 AM
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    Yearling
    I have not had a chance to ride lately except for today... He was in a weird mood and wouldn't do what I told him to. I only managed to get him to jump once and he wouldn't do it again. :( My Mum got him to jump though... :/ Anyway, I made my stirrups shorter and let him have a bit more head, although I did get left behind... We've organised for someone to come watch me ride and give us his opinion soon, which should be good?
    Anyway, here's the one jump we did
    jump.jpg
         

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