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post #1 of 6 Old 12-08-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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tips on starting to jump!

i know how to do all the basic riding things walk,trot,canter,gallop(when my mare feels like it). Now i want to start jumping and i was wondering if anyoe had any tips on what to do TB mare has done jumping in the past and was fine.

P.S i have jumped about 10 times alltogether but i had no idea what i was doing and nearly fell off

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-09-2010, 12:24 PM
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you need to have lessons jumping when you dont know what you are doing is dangerous if your horse has experience then just start with some poles before a little cross lean forward balancing your weight and give with your hands the pole will help with your and your horses judgement of take off point it will all come together with practise
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I agree I would try to take lessons or if you have a friend that is experienced with jumping. Have them help you.. But if this isn't possible i would practice with poles and your jump position first. . Then start with low low jumps. Until you get the hang of it. And have someone there with you in case something happens.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-09-2010, 02:20 PM
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Get a trainer and take lessons.

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like they all said ground poles. start with one and canter over it. get in your 2 point when you go over it. then place another pole a stride away from the first one. depending on how big of a stride your horse has it should be about 8 to 12 feet. my horse is 15.3 and has a rather shorter stride so 8 feet is perfect for him. anyway now you will canter over the 1st pole and count one stride and be over the 2nd. this will help you counting strides and begining to see distances. so now place the 3rd pole 2 strides away. if you have never walked a jump course before ill give you a little insite on how to do that. its so much easier than carying around a measuring tape every where you go (; so 4 human steps = 1 horse stride. this is something you will have to play with at home. 4 normal steps for me= my horses stride but for my instructors horses i have to take giant steps so just figure it out with your ground poles. now when you and your horse are comfortable goin over the ground poles and you can count your strides in between. set one pole by itself. canter up to the pole and as you are 3 stride away... count out 3....2.....1 pole. this will help you see a distance. you prolly wont get it rite the first time but keep at it. when you think your ready set up your ground poles again. pole 1 stride pole 2 strides then set up a small x rail. this is called a grid. and as you and your horse become more confident build the grid up and work on bounce jumps. this develops muscle and cordnation for both you and your hourse bounce jumps are small jumps placed about 5 feet apart. this makes your horse "bounce" over it. its hard to explain in words. his front feet will land then his back feet will land. as soon as the back feet touch the ground, the front feet will come up to go over the next fence. and as you become more advanced with the jumps and they come higher, when walking your jumps take 2 steps for each jumps landing and take off then however many strides. for example. 1 2 (landing) 1 2 3 4 (one stride) 1 2 3 4 (two strides) and so on. sorry i rambled on this long but i hope i helped
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-10-2010, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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dont worry about saying to much sonnygirl i need all the tips i can get!!! thankyou for all the tips guys my mum has a friend that i think i will get onto because she is a very good horse rider and she knows all this stuff i know she will be more than willing to help thankyou again!!!!

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