Giving beginner jumping lessons. Any advice on lesson plans? - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By Nikkibella
  • 3 Post By alexischristina
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 01-09-2014, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Ohio
Posts: 13
• Horses: 6
Lightbulb Giving beginner jumping lessons. Any advice on lesson plans?

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
Keller4583 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 01-09-2014, 11:05 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Wellington, Florida <3
Posts: 556
• Horses: 1
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)
Posted via Mobile Device
Keller4583 likes this.
Nikkibella is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 01-10-2014, 12:56 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,431
• Horses: 1
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.
alexischristina is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
beginners riding lesson plans? harleyboiirun Horse Training 0 01-04-2013 11:00 PM
Beginner wanting to start lessons soon, would love advice! alianne Horse Riding 7 09-24-2012 10:47 PM
Lesson Plans? Lexiie Horse Riding 2 04-21-2012 06:10 PM
Help with English Riding Lesson Plans BellsTouchofClass Horse Training 3 02-06-2012 06:37 PM
Horse Camp lesson plans?! Loyalty09 Horse Riding 6 05-16-2011 04:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome