Helping you & the horse jump!
I thought I would share what I do on my horses who are learning to jump! They have had some experience but are awful with timing! This is what I do..
1.) My first exercise involves one crossrail or vertical, either one. I set up my jump and have a pole where the horse should take off. This way the horse gets a feel for when they should start jumping and when not. I gradually higher the jump (by inches) and usually stop around 18 inches to 2 feet. This is simple and I'm sure most of you know this.
2.) I also try a few Gymnastics with my horse. I set up a small crossrail and have the horse go over a few times until I feel that he is ready for more. Once he is ready I add a pole at the spacing of a bounce. After trying this for a while, I add a pole a few strides back. After we work on this I make the pole a few strides back from my bounce a crossrail and work from there. I take it slow with the bounce and do not add it until we have perfected the two jumps. This may take days or 15 minutes depending on the age and training of your horse.
3.) You should know, my horse is even worse at striding at the canter. Another exercise we do is setting up one canter pole. If my horse tries to rush it he is circled and until we get good striding up to the jump we remain at the same pole. I aim for the same canter I would want up to a normal jump. Most important is that once I raise the pole to a crossrail I add two ground poles, 12 feet from the jump on either side. When we approach past the pole, there should be one stride left. After the jump, the next pole helps us get straightened out quicker. I learned this tip from a clinic, forget where...
These are just a few things we work on...what do you do?
I personally do the same process, but I found that my geldings work better with natural obstables. They jump a fallen branch better than poles and barrels...my redneck ponies haha
Hahaa! I really haven't tested natural jumps with my horse yet..he loves trails though! Tomorrow would be fun..he was soar today so maybe tomorrow he would be good!
Haha my geldings are pastured 24/7, so I think that natural obstacles have more familiarity than "arena tools"
My mare will go over anything on the trails, but she really doesn't like any arena work... I get bored with arena work too, go figure; like horse like owner!
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