Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
What everyone is trying to say, and to put it into sense, is that you are asking WAY to late! 2 strides out, and the horse is still trying to balance at their canter to get a nice rythm going so they can find their distance and get over the jump safely. You are asking for the canter when the horse has already seen his distance and is ready to jump, you change his balance, which changes where he is to take off. Canter around the ring once or twice and get a nice stedy rythm going, and then go to the jump. If he starts to quicken his pace, half halt, and have him re balance. A ground pole is a very good idea, because it will help the horse see his distance better.
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