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post #11 of 14 Old 03-20-2012, 10:07 AM
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Halt and back up a few steps after every jump. That forces him to stop his momentum and also gets him in the mindset of rocking back instead of putting the weight on his forehand. Good luck!
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Thanks! I'll be sure to try that! I like the idea of him being honest and going over everything. And with him being a jumper, speed is good. But Nascar... not so great. Haha!
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Yeah, the lines were a bit unpredictable because we were kind of making it up as we went.
You always want to plan out your course. A lot of thought goes into real courses, so you want to find the smoothest, most fluid lines to the center of the jump. Your horse is just obeying you – so you need to know where you're going.

If you want ideas for courses, you can always just look up courses on the internet. Make sure you do all your measuring precisely, too – the last thing anyone needs is a bounce that's too long or too short for a horse to maneuver through successfully!

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And with him being a jumper, speed is good. But Nascar... not so great. Haha!
Speed may be what you're after in a jump off, but to even get to the jump off you have to have smooth, clear round. Don't fool yourself thinking that the person who gallops recklessly around the course is going to be the one who wins. The one who approaches their course with practiced finesse and ease is more often successful.

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Speed may be what you're after in a jump off, but to even get to the jump off you have to have smooth, clear round. Don't fool yourself thinking that the person who gallops recklessly around the course is going to be the one who wins. The one who approaches their course with practiced finesse and ease is more often successful.

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Agreed with this. Agreed completely with Oxer.

As the jumps get bigger it gets increasingly more important to work on the QUALITY of canter. Balance. Rhythm. Straightness. At this level a poor quality canter makes jumping less comfortable for your horse and makes his job harder (which brings about problems like rushing and knocking down poles) but as the jumps get bigger it gets dangerous. Start working on your quality canter now, and put a big focus on it inbetween the jumps. In a jumper course your plan and corners are EVERYTHING. You MUST ride your corners! There's nothing wrong wtih making a tight turn or jumping at an angle, but you can't fling your horse around the turns letting him bulge or drag you around. You must balance him and have a plan. I ride a hunter who can lope around a course on a loose rein and baby sit the most beginner kid, but as soon as you start flinging him around corners he turns into a hot mess. He looks like a really good guy and it looks like you both have a lot going for you. Sure, you might be able to get around and do 'ok' here and there. But you have the potential to really be spectacular when you work out your details and reeeeally practice your flatwork!
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