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post #1 of 5 Old 02-07-2013, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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tonight jumping my QH who was a ranch horse and when i got him trail then a pasture horse i take out once and a while. started to free jump him and he loved it he clears jumps with a foot to spare! i do cross rails on barrels on their sides. when bareback. tonight had him going around he half jumped and hoped it in the back! the next time got up to it he stops half jumps decides not to im ready to jump and the back of his head met my face. i walk him from the jump and we walk around a little. i was a little dizzy and migrain got worse. he tryed again and almost crushed my poles while knocking them down. i decided once more then we would be done for the night.

we trot up to it he had his ears pinned and i kick him a little and he stops, jumps, lands, stops, and trots off. It hurt and he didnt seem to care, i slid off and he stops i take his bridle off and he follows me a round a bit to the place i keep my bridles. we rub him down and he kept nuzzleing me while i rubbed him. he streached out and put his halter on and put him out. he was so happy that i did something with him. even though when i try to do anything with him he doesnt want to and gets angry with me, but every time i jump him he loves it!
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This post sends up so many red flags for me I don't even know where to begin... if you want to jump GET A TRAINER, from what you've written you are NOT ready to be jumping with this horse without supervision, he needs somebody experienced or you're both going to get hurt.
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put those poles on the ground and ride over them! a lot!

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-08-2013, 02:59 PM
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I thought this was a troll until I looked at their profile and saw they have been around since 2011... Wow. I would echo the first reply, this post has so many red flags I don't even know where to begin. I sure hope you wear a helmet and never jump alone. :)

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-08-2013, 03:15 PM
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Yes please get a trainer to learn to jump.

Now on to advice you'll be more likely to want to hear :P
The reason he's being so "bad" is because he has no idea how to jump. He doesn't understand his spacing. He doesn't know how to shorten or lengthen his stride in order to make it safely over the jump. He's not balanced enough to make the jump with you on him at an uneven pace. So instead he's either rushing the fence and hurling himself over it or stumbling over to it, realizing he's not going to make it and skidding to a halt - thus slamming you, or running up to it, stopping, bouncing over and regaining his balance.
To fix this there are several things you ought to do. First of all take the poles off the barrels (that's dangerous, they could easily roll off and trip you all up). Put them around your riding area flat on the ground - at various spacing, some in a row, some randomly placed around. Walk and trot him around and over those poles until he no longer breaks his stride to step over them. If he has to bounce or take a long step or a tiny step before it to make it over he hasn't figured it out yet. This also requires YOU riding him. You need to help him find his balance - not be just along for the ride, giving him one more thing to compensate for. This is where a trainer will be useful, they can see from the ground when you need to shorten or length your horse's strides until you have a feel for it yourself.
When you eventually are ready you can raise the poles half a foot off the ground, to make him have to pick his feet up higher, gradually increase this until he is jumping.

Next, we have no photos or videos of you riding - I'm going to assume you're actually using a 2-point/half seat position and are riding in a saddle that is safe for jumping - not a heavy western one that will slam on their back when they land. You need to be in a half seat/2-point when you jump, it allows a horse to have more freedom and balance over the jump. You need to learn how to do it well and correctly - giving the proper release over the jump, not going up until it's time and only coming down when it's time. Going into half seat too early is a good way for a horse to refuse a jump and to get slammed in your face - too late is a good way to throw them off balance. Coming down too early messes up their landing, coming down too late leaves you with little control after the jump.

Again this is where eyes on the ground will make a world of difference to help you figure out how to help your horse get over the jump more effectively.
And please make sure you wear a helmet when you jump.

I hate to sound like a nagging old lady here - but jumping is something that has got to be done right or it can be Very dangerous - not just for you, but your horse.
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