Q: My horse is a young Thoroughbred I recently adopted from a rescue site. I’ve started him over low jumps, and his hind end seems very overpowering when he soars over them. I feel like he’s pushing me out of the saddle. Is this just his style of jumping or am I doing something wrong?
Trotting to the base of many, many low jumps and working slowly over cavaletti and simple gymnastic exercises should help your horse use his body more efficiently. Also, make sure you have a knowledgeable person on the ground who can “spot” your horse’s jumping efforts. They should raise the jumps only when your horse is jumping in a calm manner with correct technique. As you’ve learned, it’s nearly impossible to fine-tune a horse’s jumping style in the saddle. Every rider needs a pair of eyes on the ground when it comes to working with a green horse.
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