If your pony acts like every showjumping filler’s a fire-breathing dragon and slams on his brakes when you try to jump them, it’s super-frustrating. But you can achieve more clear rounds by building his confidence and teaching him to fly over spooky fences, no matter what colour or shapethey are!
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When you’re schooling, always introduce new fillers gradually, to build your own and your pony’s confidence. Here’s how…
- Walk around or between the fillers a few times, to show your pony they’re not scary!
- Build an easy fence, such as a cross-pole, then place a filler on either side, next to the wings. Pop over the fence a few times.
- When your pony’s jumping the cross-pole confidently, move the fillers a little bit closer together. Jump the fence again, then raise it to a small upright.
- Gradually bring the fillers in closer to the middle of the fence, until they’re right underneath the pole.
If you spot a spooky filler on a course, stay positive and believe your pony will jump it. Then he’ll be less likely to refuse or run out.
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