08-07-2011, 06:34 PM
| || | Just want to say that I have ridden in a clinic with a former Olympic rider, who used trot poles going into jumps. For both the young AND old horses participating in the clinic. The clinic I was in this spring, under a high level rider, there was also trot poles going into jumps. Again, for both old and young horses. My coaches also use them every once in a while in a lesson. Keeps you and the horse on the toes. She isn't necessarily wrong. To her thinking, she is right, and a lot of other trainers would agree with her, in what she told you. Other trainers would say she is wrong, as you have found out. Honestly, I doubt anyone in the horse world see's the same thing the same. Learn that. Acknowledge it. Move past it. Take everything with a grain of salt. Just because you have been working on tons of trot poles, does not mean your horse is ready to be jumping very much. How are his transitions? Does he bend properly? Can he leg yeild? Can you shorten and lengthen his stride? There are lots of other more basic things you can work on. The very occasional jump--as in one jump once a month or every other month-- at this point probably won't hurt him, but every day or weekly jumping could. I think with some more basics under him, he will be a very nice horse, as he has a lovely expression, and looks like he is willing to please.
Originally Posted by LynnF
She is a jumping trainer and has been training jumpers longer than I have been alive. Gypsy, I have been doing tons of trot poles with him and they are not confusing for him at all, I believe what she was saying is that when you start to jump you should just use a single fence because it is less for them to process than trot poles and a jump. I think I will take a step back and keep working on the basics, he seems to be doing well with everything, picks up both leads and is quite well balanced in circles and bends through circles but I don't want to push him too hard. I wonder how a trainer that has been training for 25 years can be so wrong? :S