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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Gangly Legs and Pigeon Toes!

Hello! I myself am not a big fan of jumping. Never had the opportunity to learn from a horse, mainly attempting to help bring on an education of a young horse etc. However, I really want to do this properly with Duffy, but I have a few questions first.

a) She is pigeon toed, not too badly and its shoulder down. She doesn't seem to flick out when ridden/lunged etc and I hope with another 3months of good farrier work it will look better. But at 18.1hh would it be safe for her to jump, or apply too much pressure?

b)When I bought her the girl said she had a super free jump, however when I attempted to ride her over a pole the first time she nearly sat like a dog as I gave her my hands and she freaked a bit because she didn't have anything to fight against. She is fine with poles now, but only tried one at a time. Whats better, if I try three/five etc to have them on the floor, or slightly raised so she picks her feet up more... she always seems to kick them through either not picking her feet up or being quite 'clumsy'

c) She is quite a klutz with her legs, and both my instructor and I feel that free jumping her at the moment is too dangerous for her as she may either trip, stumble or cut herself open! What excercises can I do on the floor and ridden to help with this? She's also like this in the field, and hoping that with these excercises she will realise she has four legs, not 8!

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StationFarmEventing

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Re: Gangly Legs and Pigeon Toes!

 through past experiances i personally would wait a little while before jumping her . as i have found out a good farrier can work miricals :) i also wouldnt loose jump her as i personally find it achieves nothing and is more dangerous than anything  . lunging over ground poles and cavillettis is very good for balance and for a horse to pick its feet up. riding a figure of 8 with ground poles on each corner and straight hekps with balance and picking up feet .  4 ground poles on a 20m circle at both ends of the school . walk trot and canter will help her . but dont be scared of her stumbling as she will sort her self out all horses can be clumbsy but they have to sort it them selfs as there is nothing we can do . hope this helps . 

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DuffyDuck

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DuffyDuck says:

Re: Gangly Legs and Pigeon Toes!

Thanks for the reply! Not looking to free jump her for a v. long time yet, but wanting to do pole work for her legs and back muscles too!
My farrier is a miracle worker, and is doing so well withher at the moment!

I was only suggesting the free jumping as if I am going to jump her under saddle, I want to assess what she is like, whether nervous, anxious, or yeehaa lets go! Just for my personal safety, nothing like lets see how high/far/wide can this horse jump so to speak!

Will start on the pole work asap though, thanks!!

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TruStar

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Re: Gangly Legs and Pigeon Toes!

To start with poles is a good idea. I like to put the poles in a fan shape trot distance in the middle and walking distance on one end. Like this they can be used in both gaits. I use poles quite a bit in schooling or lunging. Just find the right distance for your big horse. I use 3 poles at the moment and I think to start Duffy 3 are enaugh. You can always add more if you feel like it.

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