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post #1 of 11 Old 07-01-2009, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Finally jumping again...

My thoroughbred gelding is my hunter/jumper. He's really only been a hunter for the last few years, with a tiny bit of jumping. When I started jumping him last summer, he would refuse the jumps like none other. So I backed off the jumping, and tried again in the fall. Still refusing. I started taking jumping lessons, and we figured out that it was because he was hurting. So, I've spent the last five months getting him to go correctly at the walk, trot, and canter-collected, at a decent pace. His top line has improved dramatically-he's gained so much in muscle weight, and he looks so, so much better. So, I started jumping again. I don't have very much experience in jumping myself. It's been three years since I've really jumped a horse, and even then it was very low key.

This was us last summer...


This is us from yesterday, jumping 18 inches...

I think he has improved dramatically, but I see a lot wrong with my position...

What do you think? (:

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What was hurting him? His back?
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What was hurting him? His back?
His hip. He knocked it out of place three summers ago, and he was very tender on it for a long time. I've gotten muscle built up on his hind end, so it doesn't bother him except for the odd once and a while.

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His hip. He knocked it out of place three summers ago, and he was very tender on it for a long time. I've gotten muscle built up on his hind end, so it doesn't bother him except for the odd once and a while.
Oh I see.. in the 2nd picture his ears are slightly back when he's trying to stretch through his hips to get his hind end over the jump. It might be that he's trying to be cautious knowing of his past pain or it's possible that his hip is still bothering him. Does his hind end move better on the flat? I noticed you didn't give him any time which might be his problem - he might need time off of it. Have you had your vet involved? I'm glad you stepped back and tried to help him get comfortable again - Very good idea. I'm just hoping that his hip IS healed/painless.

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Oh I see.. in the 2nd picture his ears are slightly back when he's trying to stretch through his hips to get his hind end over the jump. It might be that he's trying to be cautious knowing of his past pain or it's possible that his hip is still bothering him. Does his hind end move better on the flat?
Yeah. He moves amazing on the flat with his hips. I would say he's probably still being cautious, because he does do that. I've only been jumping him for a week or two. I'm taking it very slowly and only jumping him twice a week and a few times each session so he can get back into it.

He does enjoy the jumping, though.

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Yeah. He moves amazing on the flat with his hips. I would say he's probably still being cautious, because he does do that. I've only been jumping him for a week or two. I'm taking it very slowly and only jumping him twice a week and a few times each session so he can get back into it.

He does enjoy the jumping, though.
That's good then. It's a process, which sucks sometimes but it's always for the best. He's probably being cautious about his hip/hind end because he remembers and knows the pain he felt the last time he was jumping, but since he's not refusing like he was before then I'm sure he's feeling better.
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I noticed you didn't give him any time which might be his problem - he might need time off of it. Have you had your vet involved? I'm glad you stepped back and tried to help him get comfortable again - Very good idea. I'm just hoping that his hip IS healed/painless.
I gave him time off of it. He had a whole summer off from riding.

I have a regular chiropractor who checks him out, and one of my BOs is a vet, so he gets checked very often.

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As for your posture, try putting your chin down and level - looking straight ahead. In case he does refuse you don't want your head snapping back - painful on the nerves! I would advice putting your stirrups up a hole or two, it would help get your weight out of the saddle and would make it easier for him to jump with the energy of his hind end (especially because he needs all the help he can get considering his hip and his cautiousness). Good with your hands though - Since he's fairly new to the jumping thing, having a loose rein will make jumping enjoyable for him since he's not being caught in the mouth (which horses obviously dislike!)
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As for your posture, try putting your chin down and level - looking straight ahead. In case he does refuse you don't want your head snapping back - painful on the nerves! I would advice putting your stirrups up a hole or two, it would help get your weight out of the saddle and would make it easier for him to jump with the energy of his hind end (especially because he needs all the help he can get considering his hip and his cautiousness). Good with your hands though - Since he's fairly new to the jumping thing, having a loose rein will make jumping enjoyable for him since he's not being caught in the mouth (which horses obviously dislike!)
Thank you so much. (:

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Absolutely! Keep us updated, I'd love to see how his jumping progresses as well as you!
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