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Hi. I've got a few questions.

1. I would tend to trot, approaching the jump and about 15 strides off the jump push for a canter. Is this OK or should I just canter the whole way approaching?

2. Is there any benefit from trotting poles before a jump?

3. Sapphire is starting to rush into jumps lately, I've tried holding her back but she just pulls out of my hands. She then will either stop, run out or jump from a standstill. What can I do to help her? Is it something to do with us jumping early? I tack up around 8:00am and take her out about 8:30 for some warmup then by about 9 we start jumping. Could she need a stronger bit? Her feed hasn't changed.

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For your first question, I never recommend trotting then asking for the canter in front of the fence, this teaches rushing. The advantage to poles in front of the fence is the horse is taught to wait to the base, make sure they are correctly spaced first. I don't think it has to do with the timing, it sounds like she has your number right now. She knows if she gets the reins from you she can do whatever she wants. Work on your flatwork and pole work, get her on your aids, making her half halt, doing lots of transitions, and collect to lengthen work. Try trotting a fence, halting, then walking off. Make her concentrate on you.
 

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Thanks :) I'll keep all that in mind. :L It looks like weve got a lot to improve on! Anyway, thanks again. we'll be doing more work on this tomorrow.
 
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