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Rushing the Fence

Is your horse rushing the fence?

Do you get the feeling that your horse does not listen? This is a common problem with some of the hot headed horses of today. This is one exercise that focuses on getting the horse alert and for the rider to practise how to show the horse whats next.

Setup exercise 1

For this exercise you only need 3 fences and it does not focus on height rather getting the horse to listen to what you want, so keep it simple. For beginners and young horses poles on the ground are ideal.

Fences for a show jumping exercise by youridewedrive
Is your your horse rushing the fence? Try this exercise.

How to

Start off your exercise in trot. Trot over A in a straight line a few times, focus on hitting the middle of the pole and keeping your horse straight. You might feel your horse starting to rush. Make a half halt at point X, look at fence B, use your weight aids to indicate a left turn together with an open inside rein to clearly show your horse the way.

Remember:
  • Look at the fence you want to jump. This will automatically shift your weight in this case to the left.
  • Use weight aids.
  • Use an open rein to clearly show the way.
  • Hold a light but constant connection with your outside rein. This will prevent over bending of the neck. If you bend the neck too much chances are the shoulders are still pointing in another direction and the horse will not follow your intentions. If you are lucky enough to get to the right fence you may get a pole down if your horse is too bend.
Continue the exercise

Move it up a notch. Try to keep the horse in canter. Be diligent on keeping the right canter. The easiest way to ensure this is to look where you are going and use your weight aids. As soon as you take off over one fence look to the next!

Do the exercise from both directions, keep your horse straight over the fence and think about your position. There are endless combinations. Keep the fences low and your speed down. If you need to, make a halt before the fence to slow down your horse. Continue in trot. You can also make a halt after the fence if this feels necessary.

To finish off you can make the exercise into a show jumping course, include E and F. Alter your route to keep both you and your horse alert.

Back to basics

If your horse gets too excited and you start to fight it with your hand, bring it back to poles on the ground or even no poles. Practise your transitions between halt and walk, halt and trot etc. More exercises to come….

This post is written with inspiration from Eddy Anderson.

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Badger

Badger the wonderpony

Badger is truly a fab fun pony! He has hunted with the Grallagh Harriers, East Galway and Roscommon!!! He is 100%, any mothers Dream. He has been brought on through pony club by competent youngster and rides really well. Continue reading Badger

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Kilcorban Cool Hazel

Kilcorban Cool Hazel

Bay pony jumping a cross country fence
Hazel jumping a fair fence XC

Wonderful bay mare born in 2011. She is 148cm/14’2. Kilcorban Cool Hazel is a nicely put together pony that has been well schooled and has plenty to offer a new jockey. Continue reading Kilcorban Cool Hazel

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Kilmora Silver (sold)

Hunter / Eventer Kilmora Silver

Kilmora Silver is a bay gelding born in 2013, 17’1 (175cm). Reg Irish Sport Horse by Heigh Ho Silver out of the mare Kilmora Star (ISH) (Regal Sting (TB)). Bottom line going back to Diamond Lad – King of Diamonds. Heigh Ho Silvers sire being a full brother of Diamond Lad. Continue reading Kilmora Silver (sold)

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Jackpot Joey (sold)

Future showjumper

Beautiful gelding by 5* Nations cup stallion KEC Maximum Joe out of a mare. Joey is born in 2012 (6years in 2018), 165cm. Continue reading Jackpot Joey (sold)

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TJ Foxhall

Showjumping pony for the future

Showjumping pony, 148cm, gelding born in 2014, palomino.

TJ Foxhall
TJ Foxhall loosejumping

TJ has a fabulous jump and a great heart, he has the ability to jump bigger tracks. He showed his skills recently at the Millstreet Young Irelander finals, he kept his cool and focused very well on the task – just what you want to see in a pony for the bigger events. Continue reading TJ Foxhall

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Chin chin lady (sold)

Showjumper/ Eventer Chin Chin Lady

Chin Chin Lady is a mare born in 2014 by Classe VDL – Collie Mohr Hill. A spectacular mare with a big scopey jump and a very level temperament. Continue reading Chin chin lady (sold)

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Foxhall Foursox

Foxhall Foursox

A fabulous pony with great ability

Foxhall Foursox is a 13″2 (138cm) mare born in 2012. She is riding very well and has a lovely temperament. Jumps for joy with great ability. Continue reading Foxhall Foursox

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Pedro (sold)

147cm palomino gelding born in 2012. Great jumping pony with adorable temperament

Abilities

Pedro is the golden boy. He just oozes kindness and truly has a heart 💓 of gold. He combines a fabulous temperament with good looks and abilities to die for. Pedro is a well put together jumping pony that moves very well and has an honest and very brave jump. He is scopey too so jumping comes easy to him. Continue reading Pedro (sold)

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Pickit (sold)

13’2 show jumping/ eventing mare *2011

This little mare is sweet as candy. Willing to please with a scopey secure jump. Suits someone who aims to progress through the classes either in show jumping or eventing. Super temperament. Continue reading Pickit (sold)

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Mick (sold)

Gelding 148cm, born in 2011.

Mick, a potential show jumping pony,  is most likely a thoroughbred/ pony cross. This pony is alert and loves to please. There is great potential as he jumps with great scope and moves very well. He has shown that there are plenty to come and we believe he will do well both as a show jumper and an eventer. Continue reading Mick (sold)

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Capital (Sold)

Capital

Mare *2013 by Callaghy Jim – Rosscon Castle King. 147cm

Capital is a purebred Connemara mare and is fabulous pony all around. She takes very well to training and has completed a few hunts with her young rider (10years). They have also been out jumping and cross country schooling with great success! Continue reading Capital (Sold)

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Barry Mac (sold)

The very best of Thoroughbred bloodlines turned eventer.

Barry Mac (165cm) was born in 2006 at Ballinacrow stud in Ireland.

Barry Mac in the arena
Barry Mac in the arena!

He is by Acclamation- Shamata – Cadeaux Genereux. He certainly has a blue blooded pedigree and has indeed got relatives in very high places. Continue reading Barry Mac (sold)

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Barnaboy Freeman (ISH)

Barnaboy Freeman

A proven 3-star eventer and stallion.

Barnaboy Freeman (ISH) 2002, by Cottage Fire – Lissinard Clover – Robertstown Boy VII. Registered ISH stallion. Continue reading Barnaboy Freeman (ISH)

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Barnaboy Peaches n Cream (ISH)

Barnaboy Peaches n Cream

A fabulous eventer with plenty of both courage and scope

Barnaboy Peaches n Cream (ISH) aka Malibu by Barnaboy Freeman (ISH) – Oatfield Lilly (ISH), Chestnut foaled in 2010, gelding, 168cm. Continue reading Barnaboy Peaches n Cream (ISH)

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Marilyn´s Mist

Marilyn´s Mist

Show-jumping pony extraordinaire!

Marilyn´s Mist foaled in 2012, currently registered with no pedigree (The piebald and skewbald association).

Misty has had a real glossy year 2017 competing at 1,10m level, currently on 44 SJI points (19/11/2017), this achieved with relatively few starts. Misty has been accompanied by Conor Leahy for most of the year reaching the finals of the Millstreet 5 year old championships. Continue reading Marilyn´s Mist

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