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post #11 of 17 Old 12-23-2008, 06:51 AM
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See if you can have a pole work lesson on him.

Set up one pole, canter over it and try to judge the one stride in front of it before you go over it. Then judge two strides. Then three, then four..once you get the hang of it..

You'll learn to judge the distances and feel how much room you have.. So you can work out whether you need to shorten him up a bit more to fit an extra stride in or whether you want to push it out and have one less stride and take off a bit earlier.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-23-2008, 07:17 AM
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i havent read all the replies so forgive me if i repeat anything.

i did however read fedexs reply. i so 100% agree. sometimes you can be stressed out about getting the right spot that you end up putting them right off their rhythm. in MOST cases a horse will figure it out for themselves. my 15 year old tb sets herself up. if i try and lengthen or shorten her stride chances are she will lose her rhythm and balk at the jump. if i let her have HER stride 90% of the time we will hit the spot right on.

when training for jumping do the same thing. sometimes you will have to guide him eg; shorten and lengthen his stride but trust your horse. trusting a horse when facing a jump can be scary but you have to let yourself go and trust him. chances are he knows better than you where he should jump :) a lot of the time its rider error that leads to a horse balking at a jump :)

have fun and trust your horse :)

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post #13 of 17 Old 12-23-2008, 04:01 PM
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sorri i didnt read all the replys earlier when i posted. .
but jazzy rider i agree too my boy he is only 6 but he likes to set himself up as well and if you play with stride when hes set up he just goes straight out the side door. . . sometimes hes completly good if you just give his head at lower heighs when he knows what hes doing and can get himself out if he goes wrong but at the higher heights its good if you can shorten and lenghten them

1st poster (forgot your name sorry) what heights are you doing on him/her??

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post #14 of 17 Old 12-24-2008, 08:11 PM
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Like jeddah31 said try that game...its tried the spot game...and you can also make lines and such with this game to....shout them out with a friend and make it fun....and competitive. do this as a warm up in your flat work before you begin jumping for a while and youll definately learn the horses stride in no time. also you could try the "circle of death" to help its when you set up poles in like a cross on the ground in a place large enough to make a descent size canter circle and then you have to try to get the same strides while counting aloud between each pole in the circle. Its really hard. good luck
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-11-2009, 02:40 PM
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I'd watch some of the other riders at the barn that you go to and see where they take off.
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-11-2009, 03:00 PM
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You will get used to him the more you do, but just sit and let the jump come to you, don't fire at it. Just sit, kick, and hold then fly

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post #17 of 17 Old 01-11-2009, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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First of all a huge THANK YOU to everyone who provided advice. I am soo sorry I have not been writing back to all your comments... I have been ridiculously busy with midterms coming up!! AUGGHH MIDTERMS SUCK! Anywayys things have been getting a lot better. I'm finding that if I take a strong feel on his mouth on the approach, I can sort of collect him beneath me and it's so much easier to see my spot. I feel like the more collected I am, the more options I have as far as getting close to the jump vs. taking it long goes... anyways thanks soo much for the tips.

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