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post #1 of 3 Old 05-13-2020, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Horse is "deer leaping" jumps

I'm looking for ideas to improve my gelding's jumping technique. We approach with a good quality canter and the distance is looking great, he's "locked on" and taking me to the jump, then he throws in a chip, drops his head and does a deer leap where all 4 feet come off the ground simultaneously. It's almost like he doesn't see the fence until he's right on top of it with how he drops his head and considers stopping, but he absolutely sees it from a distance and is often dragging me to it.
I've tried adding placing poles approx. 3ft out from the fence so he has an idea of when to leave the ground, but it seems like he's stepping over the pole and then scrambling over it. I could add more poles in front of the fence, bu being limited on poles I prefer having them for more fences. Trotting fences also leads to scrambling over it.
He's a absolutely phenomenal jumper when he isn't chipping. But it seems to have become a habit as I've become more mindful of my position. Almost as if without me jumping ahead he doesn't know when he should be taking off?
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So, you would rather have a few jumps than to use them to get your horse jumping correctly? Doesn't make sense to me.

He needs to come into a fence balanced at a trot to start with.

How high are you jumping him?

A pole 3' out from a low fence is only going to muddle him, something 2'6" high only needs a pole 1' away from the front rail.

Can you get a video so it can be seen where things are going wrong?
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So, you would rather have a few jumps than to use them to get your horse jumping correctly? Doesn't make sense to me.

He needs to come into a fence balanced at a trot to start with.

How high are you jumping him?

A pole 3' out from a low fence is only going to muddle him, something 2'6" high only needs a pole 1' away from the front rail.

Can you get a video so it can be seen where things are going wrong?
Thanks for the reply! I’ll move the placing poles.

I guess I was referring to using gymnastics with poles for striding, but you’re right I should prioritize jumping correctly.

Highest jump right now is maybe 2’6, I will try to get a video.
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