Friday, January 30, 2009

poles? to be scooted and avoided!

i decided to put three poles out and lunge over that.

started without them, walk and trot, and brought her back to walk for first time over, which was fine.

second time she speeded up

in trot she avoided them

took her back to walk and led her over them three times, fine, then ran and led over, fine.

on the lunge? no chance.....rushed, avoided, rushed...

then canter? very fast, avoiding the poles (i moved us away!) and took a while to bring her back down!

ok, folks, how do i persuade her that she can go over poles? she has done in the past... but doesn't like them any more!

edited to add - they were raised poles, think i'll try again with them on the ground...


Jean said...

uh oh, you are entering a tricky area. In order to get a reluctant or evasive horse to trot over the poles on the lunge requires a lot of control. You have to be able to set the horse on a line and keep her there--a lot harder than it sounds. So you need lots of practice at establishing just the size circle you want and exactly where you want the horse to be.

That being said, there are some aids to help, but you will need more poles than just three. You will need to lay your three poles along the fence line so the fence makes a "wall" on the outer side so she cannot escape that way.

Then create "wings" with poles lying at 90 degrees to the trotting poles at either end. Put one end on the raised pole and the other on the ground, creating a bit of a "wall" on the inside now. You can even place poles on top of the middle poles as a barrier. The trick then is to guide her into the first trotting pole and kind of "run" with her a bit pushing your body towards her to keep her from trying to escape to the inside by jumping over the wings.

It's very similar to using a pole on the side of a jump to keep a horse from running out. Your body language will help keep her straight in that line.

Also, pointing the whip at her front end may also help keep her from running out to the inside.

Even with all this, my boys sometimes get away with evading the poles (or the jump) by suddenly taking off and getting ahead of me as they head towards the line. Then they (mostly Tucker) dive in and pass the poles. That's why the more control you can maintain over the approach the better able you will be to get her through the line.

As they say, practice, practice...etc. *g*

trudi said...

Yep, I reckon creating *wings* to guide her in and practice, practice. Must get some poles I've promised Lydia some jumps!!