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post #1 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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How many times a week

How many times do you work on jumping with your horse???
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 03:25 PM
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My horse is recovering from ulcers ATM (he got them right before we were going to start some jumping!), but for my last horse it was no more than once or twice every two weeks, and we often would go a month or two without jumping at times, especially during the winter. I am primarily focused on dressage, so I only jump to give the horse and I some variety.
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post #3 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 03:30 PM
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yea i would only do it as much as roro says, i dont jump tho cuz its too hard on their joinys, ligaments, muscles, etc. but i thought is was soooo fun when i used to do it!
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Wow ^^ I train eventers, and when getting ready for show season we jump on average about 2x a week. The rest is spent on dressage work.

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post #5 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting to hear different peoples opinions on things! Keep them coming! :)

I jump Chance 2x a week on average! Its always tempting to do more though!

I do a lot of ground pole work though :)
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 09:18 PM
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i probably jump at the most. 4 times a month AT THE MOST..
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 09:26 PM
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Two times a week at most. If we need toys the other days, it's just ground poles to work on adjusting our stride. Dressage 2 or 3 times, and at least one day out hacking enjoying the scenery.
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 09:29 PM
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Back when I had a horse that I would compete (low level) in jumping i'd probably ride him about 5 - 6 days a week. Usually one of them would be going out on a trail, or cantering around the XC course (not really actual jumping, just work in the open) and I'd probably do three days of dressage type flat work. That would leave one day for some jumping in the arena, two if I had a lesson or a competition or something. When I did jumping though it wasn't "trying to jump the highest" or repeatedly jumping a jump (which seems to be what lots of kids seem to do these days) it was generally smaller jumps set out to practice distances, shortening and lengthening strides, balance, grids etc.

The riding school/agistment place next door to where I kept my horses (for a while) were showjumping orientated and pretty much all the boarders horses were over jumped, like a 4 year old jumping 4ft about 3 or 4 times a week, maybe more. I used to often cool of with a work down the laneway between the two places and I would see the same horses day in and day out in the jumping arena, jumping jumps. Lovely horse but went sour and sore :( So I was always very conscious about over jumping my horse.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 09:34 PM
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Usually 2x a week, for about 20-30 minutes total. More like 4x a week though if I have a show (two lessons, schooling day, show day)

I'm curious, many people have hour long jumping lessons. Is it better to jump 2x a week, 30 minutes, or once a week for 60?
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-07-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I jump Chance twice a week 30 mins twice a week the other 30 is usually flat work give or take
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