Hello all! My beginner horse has been professionally trained but doesn’t have much jumping experince. He goes over jumps at a trot and always trys to trot over them. When we go over jumps at a canter he will jump it though, therefore he knows how to jump. He nearly tries to trot over 2’3. What do you all recommend to fix this? I do lunge him and he tries the same thing. Thanks!!
This topic was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by Stormy&Bud.
Hahaha my horse does this too! He will trot 2’6”. I would try first working on transitions on the flat before jumping him. Ask yourself, “Is he listening to my leg?” and ,”Is he transitioning when I tell him too?” Once he is very responsive to your leg aids on the flat, try trotting jumps again. If he attempts trotting afterward, maybe stop him, back up, and ask for the canter from the halt and canter away from the jump. Remember, be patent with your horse and try not to get frustrated. Repitition is key.
And, ALWAYS talk to a professional trainer about other solutions to this problem. Internet sources are not always reliable, and getting a trainer is always the best way to go.
I have found that the afore mentioned exercises have helped my horse overcome this problem, and hope they work for your horse too!!
Also, I forgot to add that make sure you keep TONS of leg on over the jumps, not just before and afterward. If you lose momentum over the jump, then he will trot afterward. Having impulsion from the hindquarters of the horse is very important. Canter poles before/after the jump might also help.
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