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post #11 of 19 Old 08-26-2013, 06:43 PM
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i can stay in the saddle when/if my mount jumps over a small log or a ditch on the trail. But I can't "jump". There's a difference between my kind of jumping and going out into the arena or cross country and taking one jump, then another, then around a corner, then two in a row, etc. like jumpers do.

In order to do that, they put in HOURS and HOURS on the flat making their seat secure and their legs really strong. Those that don't do that as a foundation, are really just getting lucky when they jump, and we all know that luck always runs out sometime.
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There are two girls in my 4-h horse classes that they ride english. So I was planning on asking their mom for some tips for the basics and maybe some jumping later. Their dad trains in dressage, so I might ask for some tips on that too!!
And thank you for all the tips as well!
I know I say I think I know a bit - but that is just basic riding, I do know a little about jumping - but that doesn't mean I can do it correctly!!
Practice makes almost perfect!!

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My advice would be go and find a barn that teaches English. Get ten or so lessons under your belt of flat work before you even start to think about jumping. When you do start, do it on a horse that knows its job so you can focus on yourself.

Not only does there increase a danger to yourself but you also put a risk to the horse. Hitting poles, landing heavily on his back etc etc. there is a lot more involved than just riding to a fence and making it to the other side..
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I would definitely not start english with jumping. No way at all. I need to get used to the saddle, all the riding techniques, everything. I know at least three people who can help me - one person is a trainer in dressage, the other is his wife, and the third is another gal a few years older than me that can give me tips when the other two aren't available.
I'm excited to see how everything goes!

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Don't try to stumble through it yourself without a trainer. You're likely to develop bad habits that are a thousand times harder to get rid of than learning it correctly the first time.
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You keep mentioning people who can give you tips, but I would suggest actual lessons with a trainer. There is no sense running before you can crawl. There are many differences between English and Western, and not all horses are great (or even proficient) at both.

I don't know what discipline of western you do, but even the attire is different...
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Practice does not make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect. And for perfect practice you need assistance from an experienced trainer.

If you're happy popping over some little logs out on a trail a trainer isn't so necessary, but if you are actually wanting to 'junp' go and get some help. You can do damage to yourself AND your horse of you go about it the wrong way. Seeing some pictures and video on the Internet does not mean you have decent form over a jump. Heck I wish I could watch some videos of Edward Gal and immediately adopt his position - now wouldn't that be a perfect world!
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Of course practice doesn't make perfect. Nothing is perfect. ;)

I am not going to do any big jumps by the way - just for fun. I think it would be good to learn another discipline and just have fun with it. I'm not going to be a random expert on everything and start by jumping five feet. No way in heck I would go even two and a half feet maybe!!

I do know a dressage trainer - so I know he will be able to help me out. Thanks!
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The most important thing is that you don't push yourself TOO hard and that you have fun with it!
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