Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Learning to jump is thrilling, fun, and exciting. I can see why you're excited. I've been jumping many any years, and I still get a thrill every single time.
Like the previous poster, I'm very concerned about the tack you're using, the height you're starting at, and the fact that the jump is a log and not something that can break away. Your chance of injury increases pretty significantly once you start jumping, and there are ways to minimize the risks: Slowly and gradually train both horse and rider, well-designed jumps with safety features built in, getting the correct seat and leg-position so that you stay on when the unexpected happens, bits and cavessons to prevent injury to the horse's mouth, good release-technique to prevent mouth-injury, saddles that let you get a balanced position.
It's a BLAST! But it isn't trivial. Since you enjoyed it so much, I really hope you'll keep learning to jump. Did your horse enjoy it too? Some love it, some hate it. Please get suitable instruction and build the correct technique to keep you and your horse safe. Jumping is such a rush, but it's not much fun at all when you get hurt.
I hope I haven't discouraged you. I meant to encourage you, because you have such passion for it - just safely.