OPRC Lesson

16 thoughts on “OPRC Lesson”

  1. sounds like fun – and awesome that your trainers all have similar philosophies/approaches. i wouldn’t worry too much about her not actually ‘jumping’ yet bc she’s so new to it and probably just doesn’t really understand yet. my friend’s green OTTB was similar and tried to trot everything and constantly knocked down all the rails all the time in his awkwardness. but suddenly one day it clicked and he realized how to actually use his body (we may have helped him along with a free jumping session) and now he makes it look easy

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  2. I agree with your instructor. You sometimes just have to push them harder to get them to jump. Tucker is beyond lazy and will put forth as little effort as possible. If I want him to jump something small I have to work harder to make him do it. He puts more effort into the bigger stuff.

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  3. With my 5 year old TB, she often is pretty unmotivated to put a lot of effort into jumping. We have trouble trotting into jumps and landing with a canter because she usually keeps trotting. Now that we have started cantering to jumps and increased the height a little, she has been more motivated. Also – she has become more fit. I make a strong effort to do a lot of hill work, up and down, just walking but sometimes some trotting up the hills, several times a week… usually after I’ve hacked around in the ring. Every horse needs this. Also, incorporate more trot work in the ring. Long trot sets, after a faster pace than normal. It gets their hind end engaged, and it is a great cardio workout. Between the trot sets and the hill work, I’ve noticed my girl to come a lot more tolerant of the over fences work and add more effort for me.

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  4. i got my mare when she was 14 and she had pretty much always been a tb broodmare at stud for racehorse babies. I started jumping her because she was getting bored of flatwork and hacking out. at first, she would spook and not even walk over a single pole on the ground (obviously there could be a monster there) but after about a year of taking it really slowly with her and never taking her out of her comfort zone, we could fly round 2’9ft courses and 3ft straights. wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it, she just took awhile to trust herself to get over, me to help her and the jumps not to eat her haha πŸ™‚ you’ll get there, and its even more worth it when you’ve worked through it together πŸ™‚

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  5. Good girl Berry! Addy needs to take some notes from her- she jumps ground poles like they’re 2′, cavalettis like they’re 2’3″, x-rails like they’re 2’6″, etc. The poles might fly up and eat her if she’s not careful. Doing a hunter derby sounds AWESOME!

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    1. Haha, she might be right! Some horse, somewhere has had a pole attack them, so she must be on her guard!
      My instructor gave me the thumbs up for it too! although she mentioned there are closer ones to me.. this one is in Berryville.


  6. Mine just steps over things until they’re a good 2’9+, because she doesn’t have to. And if the poles are the PVC ones? She’ll hit them every time; we can only use them for groundlines with her.


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