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    11-22-2009, 06:32 PM
Rushing jumps

So, this is probably going to sound ridiculous, especially since I've evented and haven't had any problems with this prior to now.

Zip has started rushing jumps. No matter the size, shape, or distance prior... and I can't figure out how to fix the issue. Help me?

I'm going back to ground poles and cavalettis, but... any other helpful hints? I know I might be doing something, but... HELP!
Please and thanks!
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    11-22-2009, 06:52 PM
Two things I would try. First is, go back to ground work and lunge him over the jumps instead of riding him until her can go towards the jump without scurrying forward at the last second. Second, I would do some approach and retreat with the jump, so walk him up to it, then back him away, and repeat this until he stops showing any real interest in the jump as an object. Then try it at the trot. Do it until he can approach the jump without expecting to go over. Then approach the jump and ask him to go over. I've never had this create a dirty stopper.
    11-22-2009, 07:05 PM
I didn't think of lunging- thanks! I'll definitely try that.

I did some of the approach/retreat at the walk today, and that seemed to help a little.

Thanks for your ideas! =]
    11-22-2009, 07:13 PM
Yeah, of course:) Good luck!
    11-22-2009, 07:37 PM
I use lots of mixing. Instead of just a jump, I'd have three or four ground-poles, then three or four cavaletti then a very small crossrail at the end.
    11-22-2009, 07:55 PM
I find that rushing can often be a confidence issue, so I would also go back to basics and make sure the horse is confident there.
    11-22-2009, 08:02 PM
He doesn't rush in fear- he rushes in excitement. I know that, because he's confident, bold, brave, and honest, even over things that he's never seen before.

I also switch it up- we never do the same things more than twice. =]
    11-22-2009, 09:13 PM
Question for ya. Can you halt this horse on a line any time you want? If the answer is no, then it's back to the basics. If he's not listening to you, you need to go back and find the hole in your training.
    11-22-2009, 10:32 PM
I definitely can stop him anytime on the flat. Right after the fence, too. I ride with an eventing trainer, and we work only dressage right now, because that's our 'weakest link', and I want to fix this on my own, without feeling like a moron asking her. =]
    11-22-2009, 11:11 PM
You already answered my next question. It does sound like his rushing might be a little balance related. Dressage will do wonders to improve his responsiveness to your aids. The December issue of Dressage Today has two very good articles that may help you. One addresses beginning stages of collection and the other is about riding corners via half halts. The riding corners one is great for a warmup to get your horse listening to your aids before moving onto jumping.

When your rushes the jumps, does he throw his head up and brace against the bit, or does he jump it round, but get all heady and happy about himself on the other side? Any chance he's already gotten into your head and you're telling him to rush via your body position without realizing it? I'm only asking because I know a lot of my training issues are easily solved once I stop overthinking.

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