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    10-22-2011, 04:01 AM
  #1
Yearling
Smile Taking of with spread legs?

My horse is just starting jumping, she has done it a few times now though and she spreads her back legs when she takes of, I am using a ground pole sometimes but it seems to make her knock the rails more.
Why would she be doing this and how can I correct it?
     
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    10-22-2011, 07:59 AM
  #2
Trained
Im not sure what you mean by spreading her back legs, but my guess is she's unbalanced. I would take her back to doing pole work. One exercise I have any horse do before I will jump it is cantering a single pole on a 20m circle. If they can't canter it well/ with out splitting it, they arent ready to jump.
     
    10-23-2011, 12:21 AM
  #3
Yearling
Are you referring to this??
The top picture is a perfect take off... where the horse has firmly planted both hind feet evenly on the ground, producing a very strong and lofty jump.
Whereas the second shot the horse has taken off very uneven behind, and jumped poorly.

(this images are not mine... i'm just trying to get an idea of what your struggle is)
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    10-23-2011, 05:41 AM
  #4
Yearling
Yes that is what she does (the second picture) but it does not seem to make her jump poorly
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    10-23-2011, 09:22 AM
  #5
Banned
It's a fairly common green horse issue.

First you want to make sure your flat work is solid, and then lots of work over cavaletti, as gypsy said above.

Assuming an 8 - 9 foot trot stride, a good exercise is to set a series of trot poles 4 1/2 feet apart, then leave a 9 foot space to a crossrail or little vertical. The trot poles regulate the stride, and the space between the trot poles and the jump give the horse space to bring the trailing hind leg forward and engage evenly. Once the horse is managing this comfortably, you can add a second little fence one stride out.

When you progress to jumping from a canter, a placement rail one stride out from the fence helps not just striding but helps the horse engage evenly behind.
     
    10-23-2011, 11:10 AM
  #6
Trained
You also have to take in part of the distance the horse has between each fence and the 2 pictures.

When my TB jumps like the 2nd picture, it's when I get in his way of doing his job, not allowing him to jump at a proper distance between himself and the fence. When I micromanage him too much, and "hold" him to the fence, he has to rock back and strain himself to get over the fence at such a close distance.

This could also be rider error.

Video's would be helpful.
     
    10-23-2011, 05:16 PM
  #7
Yearling
Sorry I don't feel comfortable posting a video, thanks for the advice though everyone, I will work on it.
How often can I jump with her?
At the moment it is only a few times a month (1-3)
We do lots of flatwork :P
     
    10-23-2011, 05:26 PM
  #8
Showing
Flatwork is great. For every jumping day I have, I have tons and tons of flatwork days. I don't like jumping a horse more than once a week, twice at most.
     
    10-23-2011, 08:23 PM
  #9
Yearling
Thanks equiniphile, will defenently not jump her more than twice a week.
     

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