I've been training my 8yo TB gelding Chinga who was a race horse before I got him to jump. He jumps but can't get his strides right. How do I correct his stides?
YOU are the one that has to get your strides right, not the horse. Use half halts to slow/collect between jumps if he's rushing. Sit deeper in the saddle between jumps, encouraging him to slow and relax. Canter poles between jumps can help to, to force him to slow and think.
If he's chipping or adding strides, then use a half seat between jumps and really push him with your leg to extend. Use light half halts to keep him under control, so he doesn't learn to rush.
Lastly, get the help of a trainer ;-).
Strides are all about the rider.
The question is, do you have the necessary tools to teach yourself and your horse how to do this?
Our horses reflect us, what we do in the saddle. Our seats, our legs, our upper bodies. Your horse, more than likely is reflecting what you are doing in the saddle.
I would love to see pictures or video footage is possible. That'll help out.
90 - 99% of mistakes, is rider error.
Yea, Thanks I just wasn't sure if he would ajust his strides, if I ajust mine the normal way. As he was trained as a race horse I was wondering if there was I differant way I need to change my strides.
Hope I didn't confuse you.
You do have to find the stride as the rider, but if you don't have a good eye for it yet, you might want to try setting up some gymnastic grids. There are a zillion variations of setups you can use to help the horse find the proper takeoff spots. There's a few good jumping books and websites that have grid suggestions. And of course, a good instructor is highly recommended.
i would do alot with ground poles on the flat. set them at different distance and work on opening your hip angle, and maintaining a pace. i ride a little mare who would give me the worst distances-because of how i rode her. one of the best things was grid work and poles-like for in a row set at a bounce distance. now she is so adjustable and i get get the long, deep, and inbetween. just make sure not to anticipate with your upper body, that's asking for a chip-in.:-) hope that helped.:-)
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