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Charlotte10

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Charlotte10 says:

Excitable horses :)

The horse i ride at the moment gets very excited when it comes to jumping, i was wondering if anyone had any tips of how to calm them down without circling a million times before the jump because that just gets her more excited. She's 13+ i think so it's not a young horse thing, any ideas?

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drkim84

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drkim84 says:

Re: Excitable horses :)

 Circling is prob a good idea - it might be worth trying putting jumps up when you ride and not going over them at all, so she gets to know that it's not that exciting if that makes any sense!! 

Other than that, I'm no good for ideas I'm afraid!! Sorry! 

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MintyNoms

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MintyNoms says:

Re: Excitable horses :)

Drkim is right, keeping her around jumps is a way to de-sensitize her to the jumps- eventually she'll get used to them and see them as everyday and normal. Good luck with her! xx

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Charlotte10

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Charlotte10 says:

Re: Excitable horses :)

Thanks for the tips but leaving the jumps up really doesn't work and as i said in the first post circling just winds her up, thanks anyway x

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beckaroo

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beckaroo says:

Re: Excitable horses :)

 well, is she the same over just poles? I had to go back to just walking and halting standing over a single pole on the ground 10 times a riding session with my first little mare. she was a welshie/anglo arab, 13 too at the time, and jumped like a loon! I took her right back to halting over a single pole, then walking over 2 poles, then 3, then 4, then trotting over one, then two, then three, then four... you get the picture! Only progress to more poles when you can do them quietly and in a controlled manner. If she gets wound up, come straight back to walk and do something completely different until she calms down - try some leg yield or shoulder in, for example.

 

Also, instead of plonking her at speed at an individual fence, try gridwork with her - lots of little crosses means she has to slow down and think about what she's doing.

 

It took me months, but we got my wee pony up to jumping quite happily round 2ft 6 :)

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Charlotte10

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Charlotte10 says:

Re: Excitable horses :)

Thank you Beckaroo  she will generally be okay in a ring with a course but when she does get excited the doubles don't always get a stride when they should lol! But i will try to give it ago and now the snow has gone we can go back to having a routine

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xmellensx

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xmellensx says:

Re: Excitable horses :)

Snow is on the return.. :'(

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