Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I think that the jumping is a little too soon - IMO. Not because you can't do it, but because I think you aren't ready. I believe that a rider should learn how to walk, trot, canter competently, balanced and in control. Where they are able to remain balanced, solid and functional in their tack during all 3 gaits.
Then, when they are able to do that in a full seat and a light 3point seat - then they can merge to jumping. Before I would start showing my Students fences, I would have them work over Trot Poles and Cavaletti's - when they show ability, confidence and functionality over those, I would then start to introduce Xrails and fences.
I know that jumping is fun, enjoyable and a thrill/rush - but I think that many Coaches today, are skipping a lot of important education that riders need to obtain on the flat before they start jumping - because afterall, jumping is an extension of our dressage/flatwork.
I think too many Coaches today, rush and get ahead of the game with their students.
With the "Getting Bucked Off" scenario - while that is unfortunate, and I am sorry that it happened, but I think incidents like that help build/create a more solid rider, to that they can be more prepared for incidents like that. Without getting dumped, falling off - we don't learn, we can't grow, we cannot experience what we need to experience, to become more solid, functional, confident riders.
Yes, I agree that this horse is not a Beginner's Horse, and yes, it can shake and deter new riders who are merging into the sport. Yes, getting bucked off is scary and it can shake the confidence in riders. I think that is unfortunate and of course I would want that to be avoided - but there is also a plus side to it. I don't want that to sound aweful - but if I never flew off the front end of my horse, or if I have never been dumped, I would not of learnt that I need to keep my upper body at the verticle, I would never of learnt how to obtain a deeper seat, longer leg, solid lower leg.
The more you ride "imperfect" horses, the more you learn.