01-17-2011, 10:19 AM
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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.