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What are some exercises to get your horse relaxed and confident over jumps? My horse tends to start racing through the course and gets really worked up and nervous.

What are some exercises to get your horse relaxed and confident over jumps? My horse tends to start racing through the course and gets really worked up and nervous.
Hi Rebecca,
Like Annabella said, work on your flat work before hand. Get your horse focused on you. Do lots of transitions and leg yields. Reward your horse with a pat when he/she does what you want. After that I wouldn't work on grid work so the horse learns that he/she has to be slow to get through it, then halt after. I hope this helps!
Hi! I would work on your flat work before hand. Do a ton of canter and walk transitions and lengthening/shortening their stride. The first couple jumps try halting afterwards. Pole work with halting inbetween etc.