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    09-08-2007, 04:13 AM
Another "jumper"

Here my story: I've been jumping/competing for a few years when I was younger but haven't been even close to a jump in probably 10 years.
My gelding, Timber, a 12 year old QH/TB cross, has, as far as I know, never jumped. He's a western horse all the way and loves cattle.

For a few months now I was thinking about trying some jumps on him. A friend brought some of her old ones for me to pratice with and here we go:

The second "jumping sesson" in a week, and I found out that Timber is bored with little jumps and only starts to pick up his feet when the bar is at 2 1/2 feet or more...

I can't describe how great it felt to jump again. So concidering he's a newbie and I'm rusty, what do you guys think?

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    09-08-2007, 02:55 PM
Wow, you two look really great! Considering, you haven't jumped for 10 years. And your horse looks a natural. =].
    09-08-2007, 07:15 PM
Seconded, you guys look good. You leg is coming back a bit far, some of that might be from using muscles you don't use as much on the flat...your body position overall looks pretty good from the angle. Love your horse, he's a beaut.
    09-08-2007, 09:39 PM
You guys look great together!

I also hink your leg is coming back a bit too much but other then that you guys look fantastic.

Keep practising and working with your horse on jumps. Promise you'll post some pics of you guys after a bit more practice?
    09-09-2007, 08:14 PM
Isn't that kind of high for a begginer horse?
    09-10-2007, 12:58 PM
Thanks guys! I will keep an eye on my leg position!
    09-10-2007, 01:00 PM
Originally Posted by Willow
Originally Posted by krazi_katie
keep practising and working with your horse on jumps. Promise you'll post some pics of you guys after a bit more practice?
I will, I promise!
Originally Posted by Gold_Treasure
Isn't that kind of high for a begginer horse?
I don't think so He loved every minute of it! And don't forget, he's not a young horse anymore! He's a well trained 12 year old!
    09-10-2007, 01:28 PM
Please, please please wear a helmet, especially when jumping! I have worked in an ICU and head injuries are devastating. I don't care how calm the horse or talented the rider, falls happen. I don't care if you think they are ugly or hot - they are alot prettier than a ventilator breathing for you and alot cooler than hyperthermia from injury to the hypothalamus. PLEASE - every time, every ride...I don't want to see any of my HorseForum buddies in my hospital!!!
    09-10-2007, 07:38 PM
You are totally right, it is dangerous and anything could happen at anytime... heck, I could fall over my own feet and brake my skull! (yea, that would be typical me!! :roll: )

I agree, I'd put a helmet on a my child's head as well (if I had any )

When I started riding, in 1982 or 83, the helmets had only an elastic band under the chin and it was only mandatory at show jumping events. We never trained the horses with helmets on neither did we ride on trails with helmets. Safety vests were not even available back then.

So, I basicly grew up just beeing careful, knowing what I was doing and luckily I never had a bad experience.
The only time I fell off and got hurt, was a fall on my shoulder (hair line fracture on the neck) and a helmet woudn't have helped then either.

It's like riding a bike, back when I was a kid, we didn't even have any helmets nor did we have seat belts in the cars...

I do understand you see a lot of accidents beenig a nurse and I understand your concerns!

And something else: I belive it's more dangerous to trail ride then jump. On the trail you're most of the times not focused and not ready when your horse shy's or jumps sideways. At least when training a horse, you're focused on it!
    09-10-2007, 07:43 PM
Very nice scope over the jump!! To reply to nurse, I agree. It doesn't matter if you are a great rider (which it looks like you are) you always have to wear a 'crash helmet'. We aren't trying to eat you but please, we care about you and your safty.

By the way, nice horse

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