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    08-14-2008, 09:33 PM
is there anything else i can do??

As many of you know I've been working on jumping with possum. She had never jumped before I got her but has been really coming along well lately. So we are going to a showjumping day on the 24th. Im only doing the 30-45cm class with her but I want her to get the experience in.

So far I have been working with her on:

- rollbacks. She can turn like a barrel horse when she wants so we don't have many problems there :)
- different stride combos eg; bounces, 2 strides, 3 strides etc
- she changes canter lead herself when changing rein so I havent worked to hard on that
- different jump types eg; crossrails, oxers etc etc
- different heights. Not every jump is the same height.
- I've put all different kinds of things around the jumps but im not worried about her freaking out at the standards etc as nothing worries her lol
- and finally we've done some work on turning quickly after a jump.

I've been thinking there isnt a whole lot more that I can do prepare her considering I don't have a proper showjumping arena or anything but I thought id throw it out there and see if anyone can give me some ideas on other things I can do to prepare.
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    08-15-2008, 09:15 AM
Green Broke
You could also try....

-jumping at an angle (you still approach and go over the jump on a straight line, but you won't come at it perpendicularly)

-bending lines

-lengthening and shortening your horses stride in between lines (see how many or how few strides you can get in between)
    08-16-2008, 05:54 PM
Thanks :) ill try angles :) I do a lot of bending and lengthening/shortening of stride in my flat work. Even though I know it I wasnt thinking about the stuff I do in my flatwork that helps. She's such a steady jumper and keeps an even stride between jumps and usually fixes her own stride if she is a little out too which helps :)

Thanks again ;)

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