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horsecrazy15 11-28-2007 03:25 PM

when i jump i nearly die!
whenever i jump the horse that i have on lease, i start off like any normal person and warm up forst, by starting off low and gradually getting higher, however the first few jumps (in trot) i steadily aproach the fence but tom(my 16:2hh warmblood) tries to bomb it at the fence and leaps for high heaven then lands and gallops off bucking *with me still on his back) luckily im a confident rider so i keep approching the jump in a steady trot (to start off with i didnt want to let him canter into it becasue i wanted to be able to stop him if he did ignore my commands) anyway has anyone had this experience before me, i really don't know what to do. by the way after about 15 laps of the field when tom is tired thats when he will listen to me and do what i am asking him to do, i am intending to do show jumping with him but if he carries on messing about then theres no chance becasue i will just get humiliated.
love anneka xx

Kiki 11-28-2007 09:27 PM

I have the same problem except Dana jumps them neatly and I havent fallen (yet) but jumping and cantering REALLY freaks me out!!!

Spirithorse 11-28-2007 09:34 PM

It sounds like an unconfidence issue to me. What I would do is lunge him or free lunge him over the jumps, starting small and gradually work up, and see if he does the same thing. Then, while you are riding, as you approach the jump, pay attention to when he starts to brace up, get faster, etc. and peel away from the jump and do circles. Keep him on a circle until you feel him relax, then approach the jump again. You're doing approach and retreat which will build his confidence. If he starts bucking after the jump (which he shouldn't do if you do the approach and retreat right) use one rein to bend him until he is under control.

horsecrazy15 11-30-2007 02:08 PM

i have tried going into the jump slowing, i did it so slow i was doin a jog.... however i didnt tell you he is on a hackomore, my mum is going to watch me jump him tomorrow and see what she thinks, my mum said it might just be becasue when i jump him he get wound up and becasue hes getting fitter (like when he won at SCOPE) hes becoming a horse i haven't seen or rode yet, i had the idea of lunging him aswell so i think i will do that. thanks for you help xx more suggestions would be nice x

Equina 11-30-2007 10:40 PM

Does he do this with every jump, every time? Or is it just the first few "warm-up" jumps and then he calms down and behaves? Maybe he's just excited and has a bunch of energy to get out of his system. Does he get pasture time where he can kick up his heels and "just be a horse" without a rider?

horsecrazy15 12-01-2007 03:26 PM

yes he is turned out to the field every mornings before i ride him, and i know what you mean with all the energy and etc... but it isnt just the warm up jumps, today when i rode him my mum gave me a jumping lesson and told me to sit straight after the jump to keep is backside of the ground. and :O it worked lol.
i am intending to take him to a xmas show jumping show on 19th december, its indoor so im excited about that at the moment im jumping him at 3ft but tomorrow when i ride him i am intending to just him over 4ft so that will be interesting to see what happens, i think tom (my horse) is a very big jumper and is easier to ride over bigger fences. ill update what happens on the 19th of december.

Delregans Way 12-01-2007 03:53 PM

:shock: JEEZ ur game! If i had a horse like that, the last thing i would be thinking of is to take it to a show aye! Its just common sense. You need to do more ground work with this horse, as someone stated above, i think to it is a confidence thing. I would give lunging ago...
:) Goodluck :?

Ride4Life 12-01-2007 05:52 PM

hmmm....maybe try lunging him first, when your gonig to the jump, tunr away from the jump everytime you feel him increase his speed until hes relaxed & behaving better, & right after you jump turn him in a circle so he doesnt have much time to start galloping. & i agree with delregans, i wouldnt be taking him 2 a show, yes i no shows are fun,exciting,ect,ect, but the way hes acting,he probably wont do 2 good in the show

horsecrazy15 12-04-2007 01:48 PM

thanks for your suggestions, since i have been working him on what people have said he is calming down before jumps, i rode him 2night and he went like a "lil" star. i found that if i work him for a while before hand it tires him slightly so he listens to me and works well, so i am considering what i should do on saturday, its doesnt start till 12 so i am intending to put him out in the morning at about 7 so he gets a good few hours cantering around then at the show im going to work him until he tires a lil so he listens to me and relaxs. thanks to everyone for helping me x

barnrat 12-04-2007 02:10 PM long have you been jumping this horse??? I don't think a show is a good idea at all....and by you tiring him out? well.....I don't agree with riding like that. I think you need to listen to the horse and figure out what he is trying to tell you...have you ever free jumped him, lunged him, or even just trotted poles with him? what does he think of that?

(sorry if this came off a bit rude...I don't mean it to be...just an opinion. :)

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