Running sideways to jumps!

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Hey everyone, I’m looking for a bit of help. My horse gets fairly hot when jumping and he used to rush but I have learnt to deal with that now, his new trick is trotting or cantering sideways up to jumps. I have no idea how to stop it and it’s a pain in the butt! He swings his whole hindquarters away from my leg. Help appreciated, thankyou!
 

Bob notacob

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Unfortunately you havnt dealt with the rushing .You have merely stopped him going forwards ...so he goes sideways . He knows that while you are struggling to hold him back your leg aids become ineffective and that he can turn sideways . Its very unnerving taking an xc fence sideways lol.I know as I have an Irish nutcase who insists (against all available evidence) that he knows best . It may sound counter intuitive but if you can use them well.Spurs help . (if you cant ,dont even go there)Being able to insist on swinging back into line .Dont try this over solid fences as there will be a certain amount of wrong strides during reeducation. Definitely get good help though ,as has been suggested.
 

mule

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Mine still tries this the odd time. If there's a jump in the arena but we're doing flat work he'll try to zoom over to it sideways :D He loves his jumping! Anyway it's an excitable, rushing thing. I would second a good trainer as it can be hard to deal with yourself.
 

IrishMilo

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Two poles parallel to each other up to the jump, keep him in trot until he's straight. I also stop them at random points before the jump, and immediately after, so they anticipate coming back to me rather than dive bombing the fence.
 
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