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post #1 of 6 Old 03-10-2018, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping A Green Horse

Hi! I've been working with this horse Taffy (not my horse) because her owner asked me too. Taffy is a 15 hand welsh/throughbred horse who is eight years old. Her owner is too scared to ride her because she sometimes refuses jumps. I think the reason she refuses is because her owner didn't spend time on the basics of jumping, and rushed straight to the big jumps. She's perfect on the flat and has really good manners, and is actually an amazing jumper. She'll do a single vertical or oxer really well without refusing. When you get to combinations, lines, bounces, and other jumping exercises she freezes up. With the bounces she'll try to jump them all at once, or she just won't do them. I've been jumping her really low (1ft and under) and just trying her over different exercises to get her confidence back up. If you guys have any ideas of exercises or tips for working with her, I could use them! Thank you!

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If the mare isn trying to jump a bounce as one solid fence, then you're doing too much. Go down to single fences and use ground poles to create ground lines and help teach her/him distances. Don't bring bounces or anything else until you have single fences down and she's feeling comfortable with those. Bringing in other exercises like bounces and gymnastics can become dangerous very quickly with a horse who has no confidence or proper training.

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If the mare isn trying to jump a bounce as one solid fence, then you're doing too much. Go down to single fences and use ground poles to create ground lines and help teach her/him distances. Don't bring bounces or anything else until you have single fences down and she's feeling comfortable with those. Bringing in other exercises like bounces and gymnastics can become dangerous very quickly with a horse who has no confidence or proper training.
Yeah she'll do a single fence fine, and we can do a one stride now. My trainer told me to work on bounces with her so unfortunately I have to. But I'll try the poles! Thank you!

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Yeah she'll do a single fence fine, and we can do a one stride now. My trainer told me to work on bounces with her so unfortunately I have to. But I'll try the poles! Thank you!
I don't understand why you are asking questions about what to do, if you are working with a trainer?

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I don't understand why you are asking questions about what to do, if you are working with a trainer?
I just wanted to know of some other exercises. I only work with a trainer once a week, but I can't change what she tells me to do, but I can do other things. (She's not my trainer, shes taffy's owners trainer) but she works with me and taffy.

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In teaching a green horse to jump I will do a lot of grid work. You don't start off with a full grid or anything of real height. Four trotting pole, eight feet after the last pole a X rail then add another X rail 22ft away. When that is going OK place a pole on the ground between the two X rails.

Welsh Ds love to trot, and often find jumping from a canter difficult. Grids help to balance them at the start.

I had a horse, same X as yours that was refusing because he had been rushed. I had him jumping well at home. At a show, one of his first affiliated, I had him in a Foxhunter Class. He went well until the last line, treble with another after it. When he came around the corner and saw he line he immediately started to stop. My want was to drive him forward, instead I let him come back to a trot whereby he popped the first thought 'Oh, it's just a grid' and popped the rest.

Give them a chance to do it at their own pace to start.
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