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EilidhFrench 11-04-2012 01:13 PM

help with difficult horse that's making me lose confidence in my riding
 
I am currently riding a horse who I am finding very difficult. When jumping she gets very overexcited causing her to speed up excessively, therefore making steering problematic and she is very difficult to stop. I never feel uncomfortable on horses but this mare is knocking my confidence. I would rather not change horses, simply because we do not get on, and would like to solve my problem rather than running away from it. I would be grateful for any advice!
Eilidh

BornToRun 11-04-2012 01:20 PM

My old riding coach has a horse like this. He's a pro jumper and whenever he gets in the arena he loses it. Maybe instead of just going right to the jumps, you should start with a nice warm up session with lots of circles and bending to engage in her mind, and make her focus on you, instead of the jumps.

EilidhFrench 11-04-2012 01:24 PM

Thank you, I'll try it next time I'm on her, how does he keep the horse at a sensible pace? Half halts?

BornToRun 11-04-2012 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by EilidhFrench (Post 1743863)
Thank you, I'll try it next time I'm on her, how does he keep the horse at a sensible pace? Half halts?

It's been a while since I've been to that barn :S But I'm pretty sure he was able to sit deep and collect him enough to prepare for the jump, he also used to walk, trot, canter him before he set up jumps in an effort to warm him up. He was a bit off the wall, but he was also really smart and had been jumping for years.

EilidhFrench 11-04-2012 01:31 PM

Thank you, your advice was much appreciated!

goingnowhere1 11-04-2012 01:47 PM

The hire my daughter is leasing has that problem too. After cantering all he can think is go go go! And jumping is more like trying to make him stop because he won't listen.
I would google jumping exercises (then click in images) and you will get a lot of twisty paced out courses. These are awesome in a quick horse because they have to slow down in a grid. The ones where you go almost to the jump but then around are also really good because the horse will realize he doesn't have to go fast because he won't go over the jump. Once he calms down, then actually jump it.


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