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    06-04-2009, 06:56 PM
Angry Rushing Jumps

I have an 11 year old TB who I just started training. I have been training him for a year. He spent 5 years on the track and 5 years after in a pasture being ridden once a month. He Has a bad case of A.D.D. He LOVES jumping. He's vary fit and athletic. He is ridden in a D ring snaffle but on some ocassions I ride in a simple snaffle pelham. I am an experienced rider but I haven't been able to stop him from rushing 1-2 strides before the jump. I have tried shutting him down when he tries. I have tried haulting in the middle of the line, making cirlces in front of the jump, canter in trot, cavelletis, gymnastics, and walking a couple strides in front of the jump. Please gave me your suggestions, advice, or tips.
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    06-04-2009, 08:48 PM
Have you tried canter poles on either side of the jump? You can set them a little shorter to help back him off a bit...The gymnastics should help too, you can also try setting those a little shorter as well. You don't want to "drop" him through it, but don't overly help him either, let the exercise back him off and keep your body tall to try and slow him instead of your hand. Try half halts too. Or canter to a jump and then break to a trot a few strides out and make him trot it before trying to canter it. Do the adds in the lines to keep him, slow and consistent instead of rushing him to get the step. Keep your hand low and steady. Lots of times when a horse rushes, people bring their hand up, but you need to keep it low to help keep your horses head low. Also really maximize your flat work time. Do lengthening and shortening to help him get adjustable. I hope this helps! Good luck!
    06-04-2009, 09:27 PM
Okay, lets clarify something first; You say you "just" started training him, then you say you've been trianing him for a year. This could make a huge difference....

If you "just" started training him, that means you haven't had a whole lot of time for flat work, in which case I'd say, its time to focus on this and not the jumping... however, I don't want to assume you haven't given the time necessary to establish solid flat work, so I'll wait till you clarify.

If you have been training him for a year and not just recently, then my question is: how long have you been jumping him. What types of jumps are you doing? How often do you jump him? How did you start him over fences?

I'll wait for your answers before trying to formulate an opinion about what to do next. :)
    06-04-2009, 09:32 PM
Seat Into Legs Into Hands To Soften
    06-05-2009, 09:24 AM
Horse jumper I agree your post is a bit confusing. Can you give us a better timeline of what type of training you have been doing? I also have a horse and we have a pony who both rush fences. I have found a couple of things that help. I lunge my horse first (I know many don't agree but for my horse its mandatory at this point) this lets her get any silly energy out and makes her realize its time to work.

Then she has to be worked a lot on the flat before we look at jumps. Lots of trotting, transitions, etc. Put a ground pole about 9 feet in front and behind a small cross rail. I don't even start trotting her until just before the first ground pole when I first start out. This has helped a lot. Also after the jump halt, circle, etc. Also make sure that you are anticipating her rushing, I know its hard but I have to remind myself to take a deep breathe, relax and think calm, not tense as we approach the fence. I also saw a George Morris clinic where he had them jumping a horse in a circle, three small jumps set up in a circle, I will see if I can find it on youtube. Jumping in a circle cuts down on their anticipation of the jump apparently, I haven't tried it yet.

Is your horse very forward on the flat? (mine sure is but she is a bit younger)
    06-05-2009, 09:35 AM
    06-05-2009, 09:39 AM
Sorry I guess it was 4 jumps, if you watch some other videos of this horse he was rushing but this exercises sort of forces him to slow down, but I have yet to try it lots of good george morris videos on youtube :)
    06-05-2009, 11:44 AM
That exercise is an AMAZINGLY hard exercise. Very effective in helping your horse balance and slow, but jumping consistently in a circle like that is very hard on them, so I wouldn't do it too often. But it is a GREAT exercise.
    06-05-2009, 11:55 AM
I know it would be sooo hard, but great exercise once in a great while, its really amazing when you see the other videos and how hyped the horse is. I wish I had George Morris to train me LOL
    06-05-2009, 04:29 PM
Oh I agree. It is a great exercise! No doubt about that! Fun too! =)

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