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    11-09-2009, 03:30 PM
rushing and clumsy :S

So I have a horse called Phoebe she is a really good jumper but lately she has been getting rushed when we jump courses and just plain clumsy.

Dad said that it might be just the way she is but I don't think so. We are going hunting for the season and then he said he will give her a chance at the show jumping again but he would just like to see me on a horse who kind of knows what it is doing and so we might have to sell her.

I was just wondering does anyone have any advice on the rushing and being clumsy? She is only like this when jumping courses??

Thank you all in advance
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    11-09-2009, 03:42 PM
How high are you jumping and are you approaching the jump at a trot or canter?
    11-09-2009, 03:49 PM
We jump 90cm-1m courses and we approach the jumps from a canter as you are supposed to try to keep cantering while on course
    11-09-2009, 04:06 PM
So that's about 3 feet? Yes you should be approaching at a canter. I was just making sure that you weren't jumping bigger jumps at a trot- if you were your horse would need to speed up to make it over them.

If I were you I would go back smaller jumps and make sure that you have a slow steady approach to smaller things and only when it is solid then move the jumps up.

Also have you thought about trying a ground poll so that she has to slow it down and take the right stride?
    11-09-2009, 04:18 PM
We do use a ground pole at home and she does well its just when she jumps a course at a show the work we put in seems to go out the window
    11-09-2009, 04:24 PM
Lower the jumps
    11-09-2009, 04:26 PM
Or do jumpers! Lol
    11-09-2009, 04:28 PM
Okay will try that its just she doesnt seem to respect the smaller jumps at all and is normally worse over them :S
    11-09-2009, 05:28 PM
Then that is a big sign that you need to go back to the basics and small jumps. Those need to be slow, consistent and well put together before you even think about moving the hight up.
    11-09-2009, 05:30 PM
Okey dokey do you think grids would be a good idea to refoucus her??

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