March 6, 2015 at 2:41 pmDillon&Jake Original PosterTopics Started: 8Replies Posted: 9
I have just started teaching my horse to jump. I am stilling trotting over small cross jumps. Occasionally he will refuse a jump. Recently he will trot really fast up to a jump and sometimes even canter before it. It seems nice because it prevents him from refusing, but is it bad? I’ve read that rushing a jump isn’t good. He doesn’t do well if I ask him to canter up to a jump though.March 6, 2015 at 4:34 pmJoe-JoeTopics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205
Rushing anything is not good. As the fences get larger, it could be a danger to you and to your horse. Have you tried setting up a series of cavaletti, with the cross bar jump at the end? Having to trot over those (or even poles on the ground) might help to keep him moving forward without rushing. He is probably refusing because he does not feel comfortable. There are many factors, but I was always taught that it (whatever it might be) is never the horse’s fault. That is not to say necessarily that it is your fault, but rather that the horse is either uncomfortable or unprepared for what he has to do next. If he is just learning, don’t even think of cantering until he is proficient at the trot over small fences.
One helpful learning tool is to set the rails on buckets or bales (something short) and having him longe over them. Once he is comfortable with that, have someone longe him with you on – no reins and no stirrups. That way, you will be concentrating solely on balance – his and yours. Even doing it over one is a good way to begin.
It is never the horse's faultMarch 8, 2015 at 8:49 ampheetsTopics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475
Not much to add tho it IS easier for most green horses (this statement is based on at least ONE of you being green) to canter over a fence than trot, seeing as a jump is essentially just one BIG canter stride : )
Green, unfit, unbalanced, ill-fitting tack, body pain, lack of confidence, outright fear, lack of coordination in rider or horse ( tho this would be the least likely cause in the horse, they are usually uncoord: survival instincts don’t allow for it), and/or NO desire can all contribute to rushing. No, rushing is not good but in this case, it MIGHT be that cantering is just easier and Ponee is just moving up to get the job done. Could use a trainer or instructour to help determine that, if you have access to one.
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.March 8, 2015 at 12:59 pmmvrchkTopics Started: 1Replies Posted: 2
When horses are new to jumping sometimes they’re just more comfortable/confident/balanced in the canter. That doesn’t sound like rushing to me. Here’s how you can test it. Build a small jump and approach in an active trot. About 2-3 strides before ask your horse to halt. Pause for a moment and kick on. Do not let your horse refuse or duck out at this point. Doesn’t matter if he walks over it, or even walks through it, as long as he goes between the standards. Immediately after the fence halt again. It may take a few tries to become successful. If you are able to halt-jump-halt its not a rushing issue. If he grabs the bit between his teeth, tells you to **** off and canters the fence and half the arena before he comes back to you then yes its a rushing issue. Lots and lots of gridwork will teach him to be humble and patient.
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