techniques for jumping a gaited horse

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    01-17-2011, 10:19 AM
techniques for jumping a gaited horse

I have a 13 year old paso fino gelding that I am currently jumping right now. He's a very honest boy when it comes to jumping anything and even with the bad training I received when I first started jumping doesn't stop him from being good at it. However, he's very fast and sometimes rushes the fences, or jumps way too early, throwing me off balance. What are some good flat work techniques that I could do with him to get him to slow down and take the fences more slowly? We are currently jumping around 2'6-3', but even though he clears it he needs to slow down. His gait, the corto and largo, makes him become hyper and very energetic, but I just don't want to hurt him by allowing him to rush the fences or jump too early. Does anyone have any exeperience with jumpers and gaited horses at all? Or even any dressage techiques that might could help? Any and all tips would be appreciated.
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    01-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Ground poles!! Set some ground poles up before a small cross rail and after the cross rail. Trot over everything. Trot before the X-rail and after. You can also set up some gymnastics lines...about 5-6, 2' X-rails, set them so they are bounces and canter down them. This will help your horse keep a consistent speed.

While you are jumping..thing SLOW..don't anticipate anything.
    01-17-2011, 02:55 PM
Well my instructor owns a hano and I know they are not gaited but once the horse sees the jump he wants to canter so just like above do little x rails and trot and put poles before and after trust me it works greatly
    01-17-2011, 07:59 PM
That's just it, its hard for me to 'trot' anything. He's a gaited horse and has a corto and largo instead of a trot. If I corto him to the jump, he missteps and takes the jump too late, or sometimes he doesn't know where to put his feet. Ground poles in the past have helped to slow him down and x-rail bouncers for gymnastics have helped him too. But I just was wondering if there was anything else I could do to slow him down. What about lead changes? I need help with that too.
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