Reply To: How do I keep my horse from dragging me toward jumps?

Leslie Leslie
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It sounds like you can tell when he is going to do this well before the jump, right? Not just the last stride or two?

If you can tell he is going to, don’t go to the jump. Circle and get him back to you and listening, then approach the jump. Maybe do some changes of direction or transitions, whatever it takes to get him relaxed. Don’t fight with him. You might even want to trot the jump instead. But don’t go to it until he is totally relaxed and listening. Then make a big fuss over him when he does it right.

It is important to do this before you get to the jump — don’t turn away from it at the last second or you’ll be training him to run out.

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