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A little history first: So I've been off riding for about 8 months, recovering from an accident, so the little mare that I ride has also been off for that time as I'm the only one willing to ride her. But since January this year, we've both been getting back into working and getting fit again.

We've been mainly doing flatwork as the mare has a tendency, especially at the trot, of sticking her nose in the air and tensing her neck, so we've been working on getting her to relax, drop her head and work in a nice low outline.

And we started jumping a couple of weeks ago, nothing big, just 50cm (the mare is only a little over 14.3hh I believe). At first we had a lot of work to do at the trot, because she wanted to rush into the jumps but now she's jumping nice and calmy at the trot. But, the problem is now when I try and canter her into jumps, she will rush the last 4 or 5 strides.

So basically, I have two questions. Does anyone know of good techniques/exercises etc. to get a horse to canter calmly into a jump? I've considered doing basic circles over a single pole on the ground between two posts until she does that calmly and then move on to a small cross etc. Any other ideas? And then secondly, of exercises to improve a horse's jumping technique?
 

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stop rushing

If she were mine, I would do the jump and a few strides out of it stop her. Stand, relax. That way she will start thinking HALT after the jump instead of GO GO GO.
 

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Thank you for the reply. I can definitely try that, at the moment I am bringing her down to a trot as soon as possible if she rushes at it at a canter.
 

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Thank you RedTree, I was also thinking of gymnastics. I wonder if there are any other useful exercises. I believe gymnastics can also help a horse slow down going into jumps as well.
 

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try circling around the jump. and then circling infont of the jump like this
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if she rushes towards the jump on the aproach half halt her, when she stops doing this then go into the jump, remember your leg to remind her she is jumping :)
Good Luck, she is s very pretty mare
 
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