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post #1 of 3 Old 07-07-2013, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation How do I get my horse to slow down when were jumping?

Do you have any exercises to use or anything you could tell me to get Julia to slow down when were jumping? I'm nervous to show her because of her speed. I try slowing her down and it takes a good 10 seconds to get her to slow down after we jump. My hands hurt from pulling on the reins to get her to slow down after a jump.
When she lands the jump she pulls her head down and I loose my balance. Often falling forward. Any tips for that also?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-07-2013, 05:40 PM
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You are not going to like this answer, but stop jumping. Start fixing your flatwork. You have to first fix your balance problem, then her responsiveness. Pulling that hard should never happen.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-07-2013, 06:59 PM
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Agree. Landing with her head down means she isn't balanced. Go back to flatwork and the basics of getting her to rock back on her hind end. Do a lot of downward transitions, canter to trot, trot to walk concentrating on asking her to pick up her forehand and getting her hind end underneath her. Work on half halts...squeeze with your leg to encourage her to get her hind end underneath her while holding with your outside my trainer puts it, act like you are a straight spruce tree when asking for the half halt..sit up straight, sink down into the saddle, squeeze to bring the hind end underneath and hold. Eventually this will lead to a more balanced takeoff before the jump and a landing with more balance afterwards. Even if she still likes to build in speed after the jump, mine used to, it will be easier to pull her up and rebalance if she understands the idea behind a half halt.
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