Nervous jumping exercises

Hexx

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Repetition, repetition, repetition.

What I do with my nervous nellies is put up a small jump on either side of the school. and then get them to canter a circle jumping each jump and then to keep going, just so that it becomes normal to jump a jump. Doesn't need to be big, big enough for the horse to jump it properly, but not big enough to scare. Change the rein, then repeat, then rest.

Another exercise I found really good was to lay out a few "jumps" around the school, just poles on the ground. Get the rider to practice seeing strides and changing legs over the "jumps", then gradually put the jumps up and get them to repeat the exercise.

I find you have to make jumping just one of those things you do and not make it a big thing. These two exercises certainly helped me - I am the nervous-est of nellies when it comes to jumping!
 

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Put up a course of tiny jumps and just play. You'll be concentrating so much on the next fence you won't have time to be nervous.
 

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Lots of light seat work til you can canter around quite happily in balance, even if just trotting over jumps. Jumping is scary if you're not secure so working on the stability of your lower leg will help long term. Then cantering over poles several times a week until that's easy and normal. Then fences. Do a little, often.
 

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Lots of light seat work til you can canter around quite happily in balance, even if just trotting over jumps. Jumping is scary if you're not secure so working on the stability of your lower leg will help long term. Then cantering over poles several times a week until that's easy and normal. Then fences. Do a little, often.
I'm secure in the saddle but I've had a lot of bad experiences jumping and not many good due to riding excitable horses who massively over jump or run off bucking after a jump
 
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