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    06-21-2010, 06:20 PM
Racing at poles AND jumps

My horse gets soo excited when we start to do jumping training. Even if its only poles on the ground her head goes sky high and she charges at them. If I try to control her she bounces sideways.

Her canter in dressage is very uphil and bouncy but nicely relaxed.

Is there any ideas to calm down jumping for her? There is no way to adjust her stride in the middle of jumping.
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    06-22-2010, 12:05 PM
Green Broke
More dressage. You should be able to do anything you could ever want with that stride while jumping. Shorten, lengthen, keep it even, that's what makes a good jumping horse. Don't jump until she's calm trotting in and out of trot poles, doing cavelleti work calmly, etc. Get her really relaxed, then go towards a single pole on the ground, if she starts freaking out, put her in a 20m circle until she calms down and then go for it again. Keep doing this until she starts realizing that freaking out is only going to get her trotting around in a circle. That's what I've learned works. :)
    06-22-2010, 07:57 PM
Atm I have not jumped her in a onth so only dressage and road hacking. Her canter is beautiful I can do anything in it until.....the poles come out.

Its like everything goes out the window once she sees them. I will bring her back to long days wiht poles though and see if I can get some kind of response out of her.

What irritates me is at competitions she does the entire course in a collected canter and showing off but at home its like riding a lunatic 4year old!
    06-22-2010, 08:06 PM
Green Broke
You need to stay at the dressage work for now. How old is she? Is she 4 like you said in your last post or was the sarcasum? Try some ground polls in a round pin at a TROT untill she is calm. It sounds like she has been rushed into jumping. Make sure you ONLY trot her over polls and jumps for a while. I didnt start jumping at a canter untill Sona was so relaxed over jumps that should do it in her sleep. That doesnt mean I would trot her all day over polls but slowly build up to it. I hope this helps. :)
    06-22-2010, 08:17 PM
O that's sarcasm sorry! She is a ten year old 3/4 thouroughbred(explains alot!!)
I don't know any of her history I got her as an 8year old and she has always been like this. Originally when I got her we did 6months dressage solid as she was just ruined. So maybe there was a few history of being caiught and jarred when jumping. I have ruled out pain and fear as she has her ears right foreward and tries to just keep going back for more every tyime.

I will start to intriduce pole work maybe 2 times a week. A suggestion by a friend was to do the stride adjustment between two poles on the ground but with ou issues this is something we aim to able to achieve by say august!!

Is there any kind of different exercises for pole work I only ever done trotting poles in a straight line which gets very boring for both of us!
    06-23-2010, 01:11 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
Is there any kind of different exercises for pole work I only ever done trotting poles in a straight line which gets very boring for both of us!
If she's bored why is she rushing?

Seems to me she needs to get a little more bored with the poles. If she's ok trotting a single pole on a straight line, try doing a series of trot poles, trotting them from an angle, different spacings, etc. ONLY when she can trot them calmly should you make it more challenging. Also remember, there should never be "flatwork time" and "jumping time". Do some flat work and trot a pole, if she gets quick keep doing flatwork. Then do another pole. When you're ready to jump do your flat work, jump ONE jump, then keep doing flatwork for a while. Teach her that just because she jumping doesn't mean she gets to ignore your aids. Just because you're jumping doesn't mean your flatwork goes out the window! Thinking about poles/jumps as an exercise that you incorporate into your flatwork.
    06-23-2010, 01:18 AM
Green Broke
Put the jumps out in the ring, and do dressage. Circle in front of them, pretend they're not there. Don't go over them don't look at them, just practice dressage and her being on the aids when your riding. Keep the jumps out so she won't get all excited and unconteollable again when they're out.
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    06-23-2010, 06:00 AM
She is ok to trot after say twice over. But once I move on to canter poles she gets very very very hot headed.
Ok il try both of those ideas thank you!
I have been shown an exercise that involves putting all your poles in a circle so the normal stride is in the middle extended on the outside and collected on the inside? Would this be a good one to warm up to before moving on to others?
    06-23-2010, 06:40 PM
Green Broke
Extending and collecting arn't exactly "warm up" type movements. But it is a good exercise to do. Getting your horse to listen to your leg and go over the center of the pole. It is alot harder than you would think it would be!
    06-23-2010, 06:53 PM
I very rarely do polework hence why I sound a bit stupid! O I know its not warm up its more control movement. Which is definitely what we need.
Is there any canter work to do over poles?

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