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    02-04-2012, 09:50 PM
jumping a western horse

So I want to get my horses into something else so im not running barrels and poles all the time and I thought of jumping but they wont jump they just run into them. How to get them to jump and not just run into them?
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    02-04-2012, 10:26 PM
Start by putting poles on the ground
    02-05-2012, 04:59 PM
Ive done that and slowly built them up but they still run into it.
    02-05-2012, 05:17 PM
What kind of jumps are you putting up? What are they made of, how tall, what shape (straight across/x rails). Some horses don't have the physical capabilities to jump comfortably, some just don't want to. If you're trying to make a fun activity for your horses to do and they are obviously not interested in doing it, then it's not fun for either of you. Why not try some other fun excercises besides jumping
    02-05-2012, 05:45 PM
There are plenty of activities out there for you and your horse and I agree some just don't jump. I ride western and can jump my gelding during a trial ride or during some play day but he's picky about height. But he's not meant to be a jumper, so I never push him. My QH on the other hand was bred to rein, and will step over poles but will NOT jump, and the more I push the more upset she gets.
I would try and find something else for you and horse, you will only be limited by your creativity.
    02-06-2012, 12:19 AM
Little under a foot cross poles. He would jump some but then just stopped and tryed to run it over. They jumped over our stream all the time this summer and that was 5 and a half feet wide and 2 feet deep and they jumped it many times a day.
    02-06-2012, 12:32 AM
I use PVC pipes, 2 inch wide I belive, I used my barrels to put them on, I had some laying on the ground for them to trot over then jump over the pole.
    02-06-2012, 02:16 AM
If they're barrel and pole horses I would do something at a walk and outside of an arena.
    02-06-2012, 02:31 AM
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A woman brought her roping horse to me because he would NOT pick up one of his leads. She didn't mind that I used english tack. Turns out her horse really liked dressage. Then, the owner wondered if he would jump. Well, it wasn't long before he entered his first event.

This was a really old style bulldog type QH, as you can see. He was fabulous.

This is Toby at his first event at beginner novice.

Here he is at his first foxhunt

    02-06-2012, 02:18 PM
Green Broke
I hear tell that PVC is not cool for jumping because if knocked, it can tangle up with your horses legs,it won't just fall like a wooden post would.


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