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    11-08-2009, 09:30 PM
Free Jumping

So I'm kind of addicted to free jumping/free lunging right now . But before I go any farther, that kind of implies that I'm doing this like 24/7 and I want to clarify before getting any rude comments about that! I only free jump once or twice a week, 10 minutes max, no more than three or four times over the jump, usually. I only free lunge once or twice a week, also, for about 10-20 minutes. Anyway, getting back on topic, Thumper's jump is kind of messy right now. He definitely has enough scope to clear what I'm asking of him, but his legs are sloppy and sometimes could be potentially dangerous if he goes any higher. So I was wondering what I could do (free jumping wise as I can't JUMP out of lessons) to get him to tuck up his legs/tidy up his front end a bit more. Here's a picture of him:

I think that part of the problem is that he IS a lesson horse, as I only part-lease him. And the students who jump don't really like to ride him because he's more challenging than the horses who just canter calmly around a course, finding all of the distances and behaving perfectly. So I've been riding him in lessons, too, and we had only been doing small cross-rails that he barely needed to canter over. Recently I've been taking private lessons and we've been jumping a bit higher, but he's not making an effort to really snap his legs. So any ideas for free jumping? Thanks in advance!
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    11-08-2009, 09:34 PM
Try gymnatics, three or four jumps spaced as a bounce or 1-3 strides. Make sure to have your trainer help you space them properly
    11-08-2009, 10:49 PM
Okay, thanks! Yeah, I would def. Want to check with my instructor before doing anything involving striding :). Would it be better to do cross-rails, low (low as in 1-foot) verticals, or something like 2' verticals, or does it just depend on the horse?

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