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        05-14-2013, 09:11 PM
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    Weanling
    I learned to jump today!

    Well today I.went to my horse riding lessons and we warmed up by doing circles and then we worked on trotting over ground poles and then we got to jump over a huge log that was sitting in the middle of the field we were in. It was only 2 or 3 feet tall and it was fun and exciting! We were in a western saddle because I don't think we have very many English ones, and were not specifically learning just about jumping, were going to cover everything. The only part I felt bad about is that when my horse went to jump and put his head down he tan into the bit, which is a tom thumb. So im definitely going to change it to a Snaffle because we do direct rein alot.
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        05-14-2013, 09:18 PM
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    Started
    Oh goodness... I hate to be a party pooper but that sounds like a very very dangerous situation. Jumping a log in a tom thumb and Western saddle, as your first attempt at learning to jump? That doesn't sound like something ANY reputable trainer would have a student do... And a three foot jump is a pretty advanced thing to tackle, so I'm really hoping there's a bit of an exaggeration there.
         
        05-14-2013, 09:24 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by alexischristina    
    Oh goodness... I hate to be a party pooper but that sounds like a very very dangerous situation. Jumping a log in a tom thumb and Western saddle, as your first attempt at learning to jump? That doesn't sound like something ANY reputable trainer would have a student do... And a three foot jump is a pretty advanced thing to tackle, so I'm really hoping there's a bit of an exaggeration there.

    Yeah I was a bit worried about the saddle horn, but its not like we will be jumping in western saddles every time, it was sort of like a try it out kind of thing. And im really going to.change his bit soon, its going to drive me crazy if I don't. The log was pretty big, maybe around 2 feet. People sometimes use it to mount
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        05-14-2013, 09:31 PM
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    Yearling
    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.
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        05-14-2013, 09:51 PM
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    Green Broke
    Glad you got a taste of the thrill of jumping. And now, it sounds like you're going to change a few things so that it is safer for you and the horse.

    Have fun!
         
        05-15-2013, 10:39 AM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by boots    
    Glad you got a taste of the thrill of jumping. And now, it sounds like you're going to change a few things so that it is safer for you and the horse.

    Have fun!
    Yes, definitely going to change a lot of things before I get really into it. Thanks :)
         
        05-15-2013, 10:44 AM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by freia    
    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.
    Yes, we might be getting actual jumps soon and I will be changing the tack. We're also going to learn the barrel pattern and poles so we get to try everything! But so far, jumping is my favorite. I think my horse really enjoyed it (besides the part where he ran into the bit) and he was the only one who actually jumped instead of slowing and walking over it. And you didn't discourage me at all :) I actually want to eventually be able to do cross-country.
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        05-15-2013, 11:18 AM
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    Weanling
    Louie you are braver than I! I always wanted to learn to jump but never took an opportunity to learn..I ride western and one time out on the trail at a lope my mare took a leap off an incline and I took a dump after riding her sideways for a bit..So now I have a big fear of JUMPS lol!! Enjoy, I'll bet its fun to learn.
         
        05-15-2013, 12:09 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by LouieThePalomino    
    Yes, we might be getting actual jumps soon and I will be changing the tack. We're also going to learn the barrel pattern and poles so we get to try everything! But so far, jumping is my favorite. I think my horse really enjoyed it (besides the part where he ran into the bit) and he was the only one who actually jumped instead of slowing and walking over it. And you didn't discourage me at all :) I actually want to eventually be able to do cross-country.
    Hehe... You're hooked! And there's no turning back now. Once you've felt the rush of flying you want more.

    Even for people who don't like to jump or never plan to do any jumping, it's such a great skill to have. You never know when your horse is going to decide to take a giant leap over that scary creek instead of wade through it.
         
        05-15-2013, 12:12 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    Exactly Freia! Good thing to learn for sure.
         

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