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post #1 of 4 Old 07-17-2012, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Any jumping training tips?? :)

Last year I started teaching my reining mare how to jump. She is 14.2 and really muscular. I am new to jumping only about a 1 1/2 years. She is a really forward horse and loves to jump but she gets excited after about 5 jumps and over jumps. Her transitions are very sudden when I say woah she stops even sometimes slides. I have taken a few clinics and lots of lessons but she still gets ahead of me. I try to bring her back but if I bring her back just slightly she STOPS! Could you give me some exercises that might help her slow her down and make her not over jump every little jump

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-17-2012, 09:32 AM
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Im not a reiner but it would be her reining training conflicting with jumping. Doesn't reining require very loose to no contact with quick stops and reverses? I think you'll have to go back to the ground and untrain the quick stops in order to keep her moving forward. She just sounds like she's getting her signals crossed.
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The cure for overjumping is lots of calm, quiet schooling with a lot of gymnastics and/or placement rails to help the horse find the correct take off spot.

Horses are quick or fast in the approach of on course for one of three reaons, IME: 1.) First, they're frightened. If they don't understand what you're asking of them, or they're overfaced, their fright and flight instinct kicks in and they tend to get quicker and quicker. 2.) they misinterpret their rider's body language and aids and assume that the rider WANTS them to go faster. If the rider is unbalanced and leans on the neck or lands in the heap after the fence, it tends to make it worse 3.) the horse itself is unbalanced, lands from a fence in a heap on its forehand, and then speeds up trying to recover its balance, and with each subsequent fence, the problem escalates.

The solutions? Go slower with the training progression, make absolutely sure your position, aids and balance are correct, use gymnastics extensively, and focus on good quality flatwork and fitness, especially working on adjustablity at the canter. English style, forward, working canter, not a WP lope.

It can also be a combo of the three.

I would also like to second the poster above who questions whether this is a realistic goal or training program for a reining horse. You may want to settle for a reining horse that can jump a single fence or a log on the trail safely, rather than attempting to have a reining horse that can jump a course of fences.
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Thanks so much this is very helpful :)
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