Moorea Phillips Hunter | 3 Questions | 14 Answers

My pony gets very excited to jump, so he gets speedy. What can I do to make him slow down more ?

My pony gets very excited to jump, so he gets speedy. What can I do to make him slow down more ?
Make him trot the jumps
Do shorter run ins
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Hi Moorea,
Work on basic pole and gymnastic work with him. It will teach him to slow down and take the time to use his body correctly instead of flying through it.
Lea Atwal I have never had a problem with any of my horses stopping after the jump, you only do it until the horse stops taking off and when he can stop without a problem you can either just make him trot after the jump or he should learn not to take off, it's a technique I learnt at a clinic
Jacinta Honey but the horse will learn to stop b4 the jump! Bad idea.
You can also Trot up to the jump slower and keep him/her at the same speed
Halting after the jump or in the middle of the line/course
Put a pole before the jump and after or halt transition and backing up
Pole work, grids, one thing I do is grab 2 jumps (or more if you like) a few strides apart and make your horse stop after the first jump before he jumps the 2nd jump, he's not allowed to do the second jump until he stops before it
Or try walking until 1 or 2 stride b4 it then let go of the tension on the rains until she calms down, even if it takes weeks or even months
Keep her at a trot and make long big slow posts over a pole and jump, keep the pole at least a 1 or a half a strid b4 the pole, you could even put 2 trot poles b4 it, then as she gets better make them canter stides
Do lots of halting transitions and downward transitions. Once your horse is listening try halting a little while after the jump and try to stop straight from the jump. Also time with this will teach the horse they don't have to rush!
Pole work or also when going to the jump do a slow siting trot and if he takes off halt him straight after the jump.
Pole work
Half halts, grid work, and poles before and after fences
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