How to train a horse to jump for eventing?

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    04-17-2013, 11:33 AM
How to train a horse to jump for eventing?

I recently bought a 6 year old ottb. I plan on eventing him, but I was curious on how YOU train your horses how to jump for eventing?
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    04-17-2013, 11:53 AM
I'm not sure where you are starting from with this question?

Jumping for eventing starts the same as any other form of jumping, from trotting poles, then cross poles, low fences, higher fences, all in the arena. Once he is safe confident and proficient at handling arena fences then you can move onto some small fixed obstacles, then look to increase his speed, and introduce more challenging obstacles.
    04-17-2013, 11:59 AM
Well i've noticed eventers jump differently then lets say hunters. Just trying to be specific.
    04-17-2013, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
Well first thing is making sure your horse knows how to go over a pole, then a cross rail, then making sure it is sane and confident out trail riding and hacking through fields. Then it goes from there.

However seeing as cross country is very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. You need a trainer. Seeking advice for how to train to jump cross country on a forum is not safe in any way shape or form. If you don't know how to do it, get a trainer who does.
    04-17-2013, 12:18 PM
I do have a trainer, and I am already an eventer. My question was how do YOU train your horse to jump. I'm not looking for advice im just interested in seeing different peoples methods.
    04-17-2013, 12:26 PM
Green Broke
The way your post is worded, especially this comment

Well i've noticed eventers jump differently then lets say hunters. Just trying to be specific.
Makes me think you are not experienced. Eventers jump just like a hunter, or jumper. In fact the confident jump a hunter has is something you want to carry into eventing as the horse has a correct jump with nice folded knees which means your horse has a safe jump for cross country.

In fact one of the comments I had from a stallion owner who breeds for UL Event horses says she likes a proven hunter to cross with her eventing stallion as it means your horse will correctly jump.

Also the fact that "hunters" originally come from the traditional hunts in England. A horse that was brave, bold, forward and tidy over fences.

So when I train my cross country horse I train to have that forward, brave and tidy form over jumps. I want a horse that will tuck nicely because the jumps are solid. Where as when you have a jumper, the horse will find it can be a bit lazy with its legs and can get away with short or long spots because the fences are forgiving. I find a lot of jumpers tend to not be as careful because it is just about getting the job done fast and clear. Not fast, tidy and clear.
    04-17-2013, 12:39 PM
I am an experienced hunter, actually. You're judging my experience without knowing anything about my riding. But I have found that eventing trainers do not like that hunter horses jump more like taking a stride over a jump, not getting close to the base of a jump. I was looking for how you train your horse to jump. That is it.
    04-17-2013, 12:43 PM
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I only ever did 1 day eventing and all the horse started out (fox)hunting where they learn to look after themselves on bad ground and taking on trappy fences that requires more courage - if they didn't show that aptitude then that was enough for me to look for a different job for them. A horse that's a bit too 'precious' will never deal with knocks on the X country phase
Most important thing they need to learn is that fixed solid fences wont fall over so you need to work that into your training and build some jumps that give them that feel - the odd thing is that some of the best horses X country (and hunting) are total rubbish in the showjumping.
Put them in front of a coloured pole and they seem to know its going to slide off if they hit it.
    04-17-2013, 12:53 PM
Green Broke
Well any event trainer I have ridden with(my cross country coach went to the Olympics) has wanted horses that are scopey, brave, bold and careful. All things that you look for in a hunter.

When I speak of hunters, I am speaking of hunter derby horses.

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    04-17-2013, 12:55 PM
Oh I wasnt talking about hunter derby, I was talking about hunter/jumper. More like equitation classes.

eventing, jumping

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