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post #11 of 16 Old 06-22-2014, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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@Corazon Lock -- That sounds about right, yeah, we were quite tight. He's usually never like this, but we've also rarely, if ever, just popped in before a show. We usually arrive the night before, school at the venue that night, then get up and school in the morning. Since we didn't get all that extra schooling time, I think he just wasn't quite ready yet. It was definitely a lesson learned, and thank you very much for pointing that out so that I could notice a cause to the issue :)

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Hello Jumper!

It looks to me like you really need to work on your balance. You get ahead of the motion and aren't always waiting for the horse to come up to you over the jump. Your position looks very typical north american "hunter" style. Riding frequently without stirrups will significantly improve that! Also try riding with one/no hands.

You could also use a lot more flatwork. Your horse is very much on the forehand and becomes flat, which also contributes to those messy distances. Work on collection on the flat, it will become a major lesson later on when you want to move up in jumping height and you need to derive power from the hind end.

Someone also mention your overall rhythm. Do you count your rhythm in your head while riding? It could really help you.

Another thing I've noticed is the constant struggle going on between the bit and your hands. Your horse shakes his head, pulls down on the reins, etc. He is in pain. Making sure your bit is soft and properly fits the your horse's palate would be a great start. If you can ride him bitless at home, even better. Really watch those hands because your horse is very sensitive about his mouth. Work on slowing him with weight aids, not half halts!

So overall my opinion is you & your horse really need to work on: rhythm, balance, suppleness and collection. Do you ever take dressage lessons?

I think your horse is very lovely, good confirmation and movement. I think you have a solid position over the jumps. Keep up the good work! I think if you work more on your flatwork, there is no reason why you can't move up to the 3'6/3'9, you both have the potential to do so.
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@horseTraining -- thank you SO much!! One of the best critiques I've had. I will definitely work on all of that.

As for the bit, I was wondering if anyone could answer this.
He is currently in a single jointed slow twist, D ring. We have tried him in a smooth snaffle of the same type, and he constantly pulls on it and leans on it, making it very hard for me to control him. When we move up to the slow twist, he exhibits the behavior you see here.

What bits do you suggest I try? I have a full cheek, smooth French link that I could try out. Other than that, I don't have any more bits that would fit him. Suggestions?
Do you also think he would benefit from a running martingale? I don't really want it, but my trainer suggested it.

I definitely need some no-stirrup work
We are currently working on collection in lessons. We do tons and tons of flatwork, I only jump for 30 minutes each week, out of the possible hours and hours that I ride per week. Any flatwork exercises you could suggest?

Thank you all very much!!
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Commenting on your previous post, have you ever tried a waterford bit? For all of the horses at out barn it has stopped the pulling because its very hard for the horses to lean against a bit that is as flexible as a waterford. For flatwork, do some exercises with poles on the ground. Begin with the regular striding, and then try to add and subtract strides to the line. This allows you to work on gaining control as well as working on your distances with a simple pole workout, which is not as strenuous or difficult as jumping. I would also work on just extending and then collecting all three gaits a bit more, which can aid in getting your distances as well as gaining more control while jumping. Good luck!
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@AlmondJoy -- thank you very much! I will try a Waterford, as I haven't before. Would directional work with cones do us good as well? Serpentines, circles, changes of direction, etc.?
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For all of the horses at out barn it has stopped the pulling because its very hard for the horses to lean against a bit that is as flexible as a waterford.
Yep! I'm another one for the waterford. My guy started out literally laying on my hands. I jump in a waterford leverage, and i hack in a waterford D. The pulling, leaning, and out and out grabbing of the bit, has completely stopped.

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