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    04-19-2012, 07:31 PM
My Horse gets worked up when I collect him or make contact.

My EQ and Hunter horse sometimes gets excited when we start jumping, but when I try to slow him down and collect him he gets really worked up and irritated because I am in his mouth. I give him a release when he does slow down but he just speeds back up a few strides later. I had his teeth checked ride him in a happy mouth bit and he has seen the chiropractor so nothing is wrong with him. I really have no idea how to fix this problem because he can be a handful and I can't have much contact to control him because he just gets more worked up and spazzes out on me. Advice please!
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    04-19-2012, 07:34 PM
How much dressage training do you and your horse have? Sounds like he is either not understanding or just plain blowing off your attempts to half halt him.
    04-19-2012, 07:38 PM
He has no dressage training because I have no interest in Dressage he's fine on the flat but when I start jumping him he's a handful. Half halting doesn't really work all that well either he gets mad and worked up on me.
    04-19-2012, 08:14 PM
You used the term collect in the first sentence of your original post. Collection is something that is used in the upper most level of the dressage training scale. If you do not do anything involving dressage, how exactly are you asking your horse to come back to you?
    04-19-2012, 10:48 PM
My horse does this as well, my instructor told me that my warming up and my flat work is really important before jumping, it prepares you and without flat work (the boring stuff) your jumping won't be as successful.
When you're warming up, have a firmer contact, get him forward, then half halt and slow him down, then speed up and slow down repeat this again and again in trot on both reins then do the same in canter. What you are doing is getting him listening to your aids, so when you are jumping and he gets too fast and you slow him down he'll be able to relate it to the flat work.
If he doesn't listen to you when your jumping and he's running on you just halt. Also if he's getting really worked up and excited when jumping, set up a small jump and take him over it in trot, halt after the jump and if he was able to halt like how you expect him to, give him a pat. Turn around where you are and go back over the jump, then halt. If good - pat, if not turn around and do it again. When he's behaving like how you want him, canter and repeat.
Hope this helps - good luck!

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