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post #1 of 8 Old 06-01-2007, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys, Keva hasn't jumped in a while and i think she will try to act like she has never seen a jump in her life when i go to jump her, does anyone have any advice on how i can prep her for jumping again??
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-01-2007, 04:50 PM
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Ground poles are always a good idea when introducing a horse to jumping; even if you introducing a really experienced jumper to a jumping lesson! I personally feel they help to sharpen up the horse physcially and mentally.
As far as re-introducing him to the actual jumping, take things gradually - first run him through the uprights completely on their own, then run him through with a ground pole a few times, then maybe a very small jump that he can more or less hop over and then from there gradually increase the height. Don't however push him so that he feels out of his comfort zone - get him used to the jumping routine within his zone for a few days/weeks (depending on how often you ride etc. etc.) until you feel he is as confident as ever before you start really pushing for higher heights. Don't forget though that a grid of smaller jumps does so much more than one massive jump in terms of training - I would personally challenge him with a course of jumps first before pushing the height boundary. It's not much use having a horse that can jump 6' or something stupid if you can only do one of them - even a puissance horse does two!
It maybe an idea to get a friend to do the pole work for you as getting off can cool your horse down so that you have to warm him up again before he is compliant once more which will take absolutely aaaggesssss with this rountine.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-08-2007, 06:23 AM
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I agree lots of little poles and cross rails. It will help her alot with her gymnastics as well if you do simple jumping excercises and the like.. If she is nervous when she is jumping then just reassure her and NEVER be nervous yourself! it will make her worse. So get yourself into the frame of mind where NOTHING will upset you or make you anxious.

good luck hope she is good for you...
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-12-2007, 06:33 PM
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what is the best way to teach a horse to jump? I know this is a broad question, but any advice is appreciated... :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-12-2007, 07:45 PM
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Thats a hard question to answer really!

Horses are natural jumpers (obviously) and will use it if needs be to get from A to B. However, a horse will not jump of it's own accord (usually) in a manege environment as to him/her they can't really understand why they need to jump over the poles when really they can just go around it and save all the effort!
Teaching a horse to jump therefore is not so much teaching as gaining the horse's trust and respect for you as their leader so that they begin to trust you that you are guiding them in the 'best way' and you are taking the 'best route' - this is the grounds of it anyway to get them to start jumping. After a time it becomes more routine and expected - they see a jump coming up and they will assume that you want them to jump it. Of course by the time a horse reaches competition level there is an element of competitiveness in them too --- they are intelligent enough to realise that not knocking down poles and doing as rider asks = more treats and cuddles.

As far as jumping technique goes... some horses just have a natural ability while others need to work on it. Although there are many techniques out there that supposedly help jumping etc. etc. I think improved technique is firstly down to rider direction and then secondly the actual horse's experience. For example, a horse may not pick himself up enough once around and will knock down the jump, he will then pick-up higher next time and in doing so will learn ideal effort for certain heights and develop a type of muscle memory.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-12-2007, 09:49 PM
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Well you have asked the question i thought no-one would. Daves right about horses have natual ability to jump-although some are better or like it more than others. Trot poles first of all when i am training my young Showjumpers i do atleast 1-2weeks of just trot pole excerises. It takes me a year of training before i take my young horses out. Once you have got her going nicely rounded oer the poles space them out for a canta pole, for big horses its around 3m. Then come back to the trot and there should be atleast four poles. The second excercise is to lift the second and third pole up one side. Take it up about 60cm on one side (on the second pole) then on the third lift up the other side the same height. Make sure you still rise over them and look up, if you don't look up you bery your eyes in the dirt, that might be the reason she is borking. I hope i make sense...... 8)
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-14-2007, 09:39 AM
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that makes perfect sense! thanks to both of you! I have an Irish Sport that I just purchased and he is only coming 6 and has had 30 days of dressage training, but has beautiful scope when free jumping.

Is free jumping him also a good exercise? I am trying to take things very slow as I am in no rush...

We are moving barns and will start with a trainer once we are there, but until then, I wanted to start building a foundation...

Thanks Dave and Aussie
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-14-2007, 03:29 PM
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That's ok! :)

Taking things slowly is a good idea. As far as free jumping goes it is a very good technique provided it is done correctly as it helps to improve form etc. etc. However, be careful not to train exclusively in free jumping as the horse may freak out with things different to 'normal' i.e someone giving different aids for jumping and movement.
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