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  • Beginner jumping lesson plans
  • Horse jumping tips for the beginner

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    01-09-2014, 10:53 PM
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I just got hired in at a barn as a second assistant trainer. Just giving beginner jumping lessons, which is new to me. I'm more associated with hunt seat and flat work, but a beginner is a beginner none the less. I know they will need to practice a lot of two point positions to build up balance and get familiar with it. But is there any other "big" thing I need to start off with? These riders aren't brand new to riding, just jumping. I have yet to see where they are and based on their personal skill level I might continue with flat work until they gain the skills I believe they should have before moving on to the next step. Have any of you given jumping lessons to kids and how did you go about it? I'm planning on making a sheet with lesson plans on it. I know it will differ depending on individuals. But I would love to hear some advice or maybe some cool games to play so I can see where they are? I just don't want to start my first lesson off and say "Okay, show me what you got," that just seems cruel to the kids. Any kind of tips or advice is helpful! Even if it doesn't have to do with jumping. I might be expanding my lessons after the first few months in this. So anything is welcome
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    01-09-2014, 11:05 PM
When I give beginner jumping lessons (equitation, not hunter) I always make sure they have very good heels, eye up and good timing over the fence. Work on this by setting up a ground pole and cantering up to it, getting the proper timing is half the battle. (Also watch for elbows popping out like wings flapping and toes pointing outward and backs arching/looking down)
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    01-10-2014, 12:56 AM
When I was a beginner my coach gave us 'two point competitions', trot around in two point for as long as you possibly could until one by one we dropped like flies lol. Aside from that, I suggest doing lots of pole work with them. If they can't canter poles, then they can't jump. Practise their 'release' over poles, going into two point over poles, cantering five strides between two poles and doing a course of poles. It can make jumping seem less scary when you slowly start to put the poles UP and gives them some sort of sense of what they're supposed to do.

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