How to Stop a Horse Rushing Jumps

Some horses rush jumps because they get scared or they are taking advantage of their rider! This is the how to guide on how to slow the horse down before the jump.


  1. 1
    Bring your horse to a trotting towards a small cross pole. Get your horse into the groove of going slow.
  2. 2
    Bring your horse cantering towards a small vertical.
    • If your horse is still rushing the jump, lightly pulsate on the reins with your hands. Sit a little deeper in your seat and move your leg back behind the girth and press your calves lightly into his/her sides about 10 strides before the jump.
  3. 3
    Watch near the jump. If your horse is still rushing, bring your leg back, sit deeper without leaning back in your seat, and apply slightly harsher pressure on the reins. Keep the horse in a straight line.
  4. 4
    Keep your reins steady but slightly taught until about 3 strides from the jump. Keep your heels down - while keeping steady gentle pressure through your calves - until about 1 stride from the jump. Let your horse jump by giving your horse the reins and allowing your body to go with your horse's movement.
    • Should your horse speed after the jump, correct your horse's behaviour by stopping hard. Sink your heels down and sit straight and hard, tighten your reins and alternate pressure on the sides of your horse's mouth - slowly increasing pressure until they respond - and back your horse up.
  5. 5
    Keep repeating the steps until your horse slows after the jump.


  • Make sure your horse has jumping boots so he/she doesn't get hurt.
  • Be sure your horse can jump and take away all objects that could possibly spook your horse.


  • Remember horse back riding is dangerous so don't fall off!
  • Always wear a helmet when jumping.

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