06-20-2008, 06:46 PM
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Ok, first, get rid of that martingale thingy... You have a decent overall position, but you need to bend more at the waist and run your hands up his neck.
I know that there is a horn there, so you can't really bend so get rid of the saddle. If you can't ride a turn out in an english saddle, then you need to go back down to trot poles (not trying to be rude, just safe).
Ok, so once you are in the english saddle, set the jump up on the wall, that way he can only run out one way, next set up a jump paralell to the wall and up against the other jump (trying to explain a chute.. lol) Make the 'side jump' higher than the actual jump and put some of those cones under it. You can put up more than one side jump if you want to..
Just start the jump as a trot pole so he gets used to going through, and then raise it as he gets better, make sure you are making it positive, and not snapping him in the mouth or landing on his back too soon. He will soon realize that jumping is fun, and you wont need to use the chute anymore.
I hope I explained everything ok, I left my glasses at work and have a headache from reading. Haha.