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post #1 of 7 Old 07-22-2009, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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My horse Jumps way too early!

My mare likes too jump way too early. She also over jumps the jump a LOT. Is there anything I can do to break her of that? I dont know much about jumping....thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-23-2009, 01:48 PM
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Most commonly it is the rider's error. Be sure to 'jump' when the horse's legs leave the ground. Not before, not after. I always thought it was the horse's fault, until I realized it was me! When I started jumping correctly, he jumped great.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-27-2009, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by sunny06 View Post
Most commonly it is the rider's error. Be sure to 'jump' when the horse's legs leave the ground. Not before, not after. I always thought it was the horse's fault, until I realized it was me! When I started jumping correctly, he jumped great.
But maybe also make sure she is listening to you, and that she is working, and not just rushing in to the jumps :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-29-2009, 07:29 AM
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As above, make sure you are not jumping ahead of your horse.

Another thing you could try is to put a pole on the ground one stride out from the jump. Start off fairly low.

Not sure about the over jumping. Is she fairly new at the game? We had pony once who when faced with 1mtr and over jumps would rush and jump a mile high. It took about a season for him to settle and realise that he could jump 'grown up' jumps whithout all the extra effort.

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I agree with the trot poles. Put one on either side, about 9 feet out on either side. Do LOTS of trot jumps to help her learn to trot to the base. Really concentrate on making her wait to the base and stay slow on the backside. Be consistent and the over jumping should stop.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-29-2009, 11:12 AM
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I had that problem before. In my case it was my fault entirely. I got into jumping position before his legs left the ground and wound up having him jump early.
I know I'm going to get a lot of comments saying that you should never do this, but it worked for me. With bigger jumps, you can actually feel when the horse is going to jump. With smaller ones, you have to be expert to feel it. When I started jumping, I always sneaked a quick glance at the jump a stride or two away, so I could 'guesstimate' where my horse would jump. I put that mental image in my head and then looked ahead, so I'd know when to 2-point.
Sit deep in your saddle as you aproach the jump. As soon as you feel your horse lift off the ground, 2-point.
Hope I was helpful :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-29-2009, 11:24 AM
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Your horse probly doesnt pack like other horses you've ridden. Wich means, she needs more direction, hold her back and push her forward when she needs it. Also, dont get up too early. sit back and use leg until she takes off.

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