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    10-21-2008, 09:19 PM
Green Broke

Is there ANY way to stop/help overjumping? I'm not jumping too high, 2ft, sometimes I have flowerboxes or tires under the jump. Even when I don't Sheena still tends to get in the habit of overjumping, and I throws my balace off!!!

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    10-21-2008, 10:26 PM
I may not be the best to help you with this, so you may want a second opinion, but here's what I think....

Maybe hold your horse a bit longer? Do you know your strides to the fence? Hold her back a bit longer and make sure you're keeping track of how many strides to the fence. What I find helps with me is to pick out a spot before the jump to let go of your horse, and do it.

As for your balance, I would say for this one to be sure you aren't throwing yourself too far forward andkeep your heals down and your leg secure. If all else fails, go to a cross pole and practice position over those.

This is what I do, anyway, I just have a hard time putting it into words.
    10-22-2008, 05:56 AM
Sorry - not completely familiar with 'over-jumping' term... So, does it mean the horse is taking off too far away or is jumping too high?

For both, I would definitely reccommend grid work. It gets the horse thinking and is a good brain work-out. Take-off poles, combinations and bounces, are all beneficial.

For taking off too far away... make sure that you are not sat too far forward (or adopting the jumping position too soon). I do that a lot, and am subconsciously preparing the horse too early. They take off far away to balance the 'over-forward' seat.

For jumping too high... I often find this happens with over-zealous or green horses. Sometimes, I'll incorporate some low fences in my flat work. For example, trotting/cantering serpentines, circles and figures of eight with jumps spaced throughout the route. When combined with some lateral work, it can really relax and collect an excitable horse.

Hope it helps!
    10-22-2008, 08:50 AM
Green Broke
Thanks both of you!
SCARLETTPOMPEY : Over Jumping is when they jump too high.
    10-22-2008, 08:53 AM
VanillaBean - thanks for the info. I'm from the UK and still getting to grips with the different terms.
    10-22-2008, 08:56 AM
Green Broke
Your Welcome!!!
    10-23-2008, 08:55 PM
As someone has already said grids help, trotting poles, stuff like that. It helps them figure out where their feet are so they realize they don't have to jump so high. My horse overjumps still sometimes but the bigger we go the less he does it.
    10-24-2008, 05:56 AM
Definitely grids! It'll make her think, and realise she needs to save her energy!
    10-24-2008, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
Thanks, I put one jump in the middle of my arena and I alternated left and right and she didnt overjump ONCE! YAY!!!!!
    10-24-2008, 04:26 PM
Definately try a grid. Im assuming she's a green jumper? Could just be inexperience. Also try trotting poles before and after the jump. Less intense than a grid but has the same effect so to speak.

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