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        08-04-2014, 07:31 PM
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    Foal
    Slows down and walks over jumps

    Hi everyone! So I have been having some issues with getting my horse to consistently jump over our small jumps. We will be trotting towards the jump and as soon as he gets up to it, he slows down and walks over it. Even when approaching the jump at a canter, he slows right down and slowly steps over it. I've made sure I'm looking past the jump, not down at it. I stay with him through out the whole process to make sure he knows I'm there with him and for some reason he still slows down.

    I have a hunch that he could just be lazy and I'm not pushing him hard enough, but I was curious if anyone has any tips. I've jumped other horses and have had no issues with this before, so I'm just a little stuck.

    Any advice? :)
         
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        08-04-2014, 08:18 PM
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    Weanling
    Does he do this over larger jumps as well?
    Now, I don't know as much as other people of this forum so you will probably want some other opinions on this. But I reckon you should make him jump over larger jumps and slowly make them smaller, if he just walks over a jump raise it again then slowly lower until he jumps at that height.

    Make sure you are keeping him forward, legs on just before the jump. If he feels you hesitate he will slow down.
         
        08-04-2014, 11:51 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by horseNpony    
    Does he do this over larger jumps as well?
    No I have not tried anything much larger than the ones I was working on, only because I figured I should work on him getting over those before I move up, but I'll go ahead and give a little bit of a larger jump and see how he reacts. I think when it comes down to it, they might just be too small for him to put In That extra effort to actually jump.

    I'll try a larger jump :)
         
        08-05-2014, 12:48 AM
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    Foal
    Does the horse actually know how to jump?

    Rather than risking overfacing him by throwing bigger fences at him when you are struggling to get him over small ones, why not go back to basics?

    Start with a pole on the ground and ask him to walk over it while maintaining the same speed. Then do the same in trot. Once he's happily trotting over a pole on the ground, canter over it. Once he's doing all that really well, then ask him to go over a small jump.
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        08-05-2014, 12:52 AM
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    Showing
    Another thing to consider, how long have you been working him over jumps? Will he trot/canter over trot poles or does he slow down for those as well?

    This may not have any bearing on your situation, but I've got a 5 year old that I'm riding. He's a really nice horse, very willing and smart, but whenever a log or something comes up in our path, he immediately slows down to a walk and pays close attention to exactly where his feet are when he's stepping over the obstacle. I believe he's just not confident in his own ability yet. The couple of times I've pushed him to keep gait over whatever was in front of us, he massively over-jumped. The first time I was unprepared and got the wind knocked out of me.

    Just something to prepare for as a possibility .
         
        08-05-2014, 01:32 AM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by picup436    
    Does the horse actually know how to jump?

    Rather than risking overfacing him by throwing bigger fences at him when you are struggling to get him over small ones, why not go back to basics?

    Start with a pole on the ground and ask him to walk over it while maintaining the same speed. Then do the same in trot. Once he's happily trotting over a pole on the ground, canter over it. Once he's doing all that really well, then ask him to go over a small jump.
    Oh yes, he definitely knows how to jump. I wouldn't say that he's well practiced at it, but when he jumps he does it beautifully, it's just getting him to do it is the issue.
    Also, he walks trots and canters over poles fine with no issues and no slowing down. He doesn't always pick his feet up, but he doesn't slow down for them. Maybe I'll spend a day going over all the basics again with him and then try again.
         

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