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    12-05-2011, 08:21 PM
  #1
Weanling
running out of jumps?!

So my horse is a very capable jumper and is usually very foreword going into jumps. Sometimes when he are jumping he canters up to the jump and our last three strides(i count down 3...2...1...JUMP!) and he does 3...2...1.. and right when he is supposed to take off he throws his head down and leaps sideways. He will do this not very often but often enough to make me nervous. I don't want to get a negative attitude and expect him to do that (self-fulfilling thoughts :/). He seems to do this on very plain jumps. Only in the ring, not ever on X-country or on "scary" jumps. It mainly seems to happen on jumps that are of 2 white standards and a simple straight vertical or a cross rail. He never does it with a jump over 3 ft or on oxers. How can I predict this and correct it before it turns into a big problem?! Thanks for the help (:
     
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    12-08-2011, 04:16 AM
  #2
Foal
My horse does that too, but only if the jump is under 2ft. My instructor told me that it could possibly be boredom - why should he put the effort in over small jumps? Rather save the energy for the higher ones!

We made the jump more interesting for him, by adding in a brighter colored pole, or make it a baby oxer, so that it would look more appealing for him to jump. You could also put two poles in a 'V' shape on a plain vertical, that way if he jumps out suddenly he still does a small jump.

These are all things I used for my horse and he's totally fine with baby jumps now. I'm not sure if they'll work for you or if you're interested in trying but yeah :)
     
    12-08-2011, 07:12 AM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks, ill definitely try that!
     
    12-08-2011, 04:03 PM
  #4
Foal
I am by absolutely no means an experienced jumper but I've been told generally run outs are a rider error. Is it possible that because you think the jumps are small and easy you stop riding at the base of the fence? I think keeping determined and purposeful up to, over, and away from the fence will help this problem. Meaning don't ride to the fence ride past it. What is the saying, throw your heart over the fence and the horse will follow? Sorry for the terrible explanation and by all means someone more exprerienced correct me if I'm wrong!
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    12-08-2011, 04:18 PM
  #5
Weanling
Typically a good jumper will run out or refuse because of rider error. Considering he seems to pick the simple fences, I am going to guess you may "quit" riding to this fence, maybe drop a shoulder or loosen your leg.

Primo is the jump anything from any distance, angle, speed horse... but if I drop my hand in a line, he will take the easy way out instead of over.

Work on making sure you're not jumping up, leaning or dropping support. Basically ride like it's a big, funky looking vertical and see if it makes a difference if it makes a difference.
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    12-08-2011, 04:42 PM
  #6
Yearling
I agree with MudPaint, also when you're riding up to these jumps are you already in your 2point or sitting up to the fences?
     
    12-08-2011, 07:07 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507    
i agree with MudPaint, also when you're riding up to these jumps are you already in your 2point or sitting up to the fences?
half seat. Thanks for the advice ill try it!
     
    12-08-2011, 07:13 PM
  #8
Trained
When you count down to jumps, it's very easy to make the mistake of just going along for the ride rather than actively riding your horse to the fence. In your mind, you counted all the way down to takeoff so it's time to jump, but your horse is probably down there thinking, "gee all she's doing up there is counting. If I'm not going to be included in this thing, I'll just go over there". Try counting 1,2,1,2 instead of down and be sure you are riding every stride.
     
    12-08-2011, 07:19 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
When you count down to jumps, it's very easy to make the mistake of just going along for the ride rather than actively riding your horse to the fence. In your mind, you counted all the way down to takeoff so it's time to jump, but your horse is probably down there thinking, "gee all she's doing up there is counting. If I'm not going to be included in this thing, I'll just go over there". Try counting 1,2,1,2 instead of down and be sure you are riding every stride.
thanks for the advice, I used to count 1..2...1...2..1.. but I started thinking about it wary too much and messed up my rythem, ill work on riding every stride but the 1-2-1-2 thing just stresses me out(which usually doesn't go to well with my horse).
     
    12-08-2011, 07:24 PM
  #10
Trained
What about replacing 3,2,1 with words pertaining to the act of jumping? Instead of 3, 2, 1, maybe heels, shoulders, cue (horse). Something that would still let you measure your distance to the fence and still involve the horse.
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