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    08-14-2009, 12:09 PM
I Need Jumping Help

Sorry if this turns into a novel :P

Okay, so, as of right now, there's one horse I trust to do anything with me. She's around 15.1 or 15.2 hands and I'd like to teach her to jump.
I started on ground poles, then with cross rails, and so on with lunging and stuff, but she won't jump any higher than 1 1/2 foot cross rails. I know there's nothing wrong with her legs/back/body and I know she coould do it because my 14 hand pony can clear higher than that and she's a bit overweight :P So...my mare just WON'T clear it...and it's not like she won't go over it, she just hits the jump everytime...

How do I get her to go over it without hitting it?
I'm not even asking for 2' yet..and 2'6" is what they start at in my 4-H club where I'd like to jump her at

Please help!
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    08-14-2009, 02:09 PM
    08-14-2009, 09:47 PM
Have you tried jumping her over something solid? Like lunging over a big log? She knocks that a few times and I bet she'd start picking her feet up.
    08-14-2009, 10:05 PM
one of my horses won't clear anything under 3ft
he's sort of like "that's too small, i'm not picking my feet up"
it's not much of an issue with me because he's 17.2 and I don't often jump that small (i'm not saying that to sound big headed but he was a showjumper in holland so I don't bother - I do understand you're just starting to jump her so please don't think i'm being rude!)

maybe you should get a good instructor to come out and help you instead of trying to do it all on you own ?
whenever I have problems the first person I call is my instructor =]
    08-14-2009, 11:49 PM
Thanks guys! I started her out jumping her over the barrels themselves, but then I found a piece of wood..then another and decided to make cross rails and stuff. I plan on having my friend who jumps come out and help.
    08-15-2009, 12:15 AM
If you trust her, then I think you should make verticals and try that. She could just be bored. As long as you trust her to jump it, it wont hurt if you keep raising the fence. She could be lazy, so just keep raising it to a height that you are comfortable with. You could also try when she is over it and drop her legs, give her a smack with the crop, kinda like a hey don't do that.
    08-15-2009, 09:18 AM
I'm not on her back yet over the fences...I've started her out lunging her over fenced to see what she will do.
    08-15-2009, 01:34 PM
I'm going to try her out using your guys' tips today..wish me luck.
    08-16-2009, 12:41 PM
Okay guys..so an update on this...she's just not that into jumping, however I found out that my barrel racing pony, Buttercup, is. She jumped probable 3'6" which was about the height of the tallest point on the cross rail that was jumpable when she could've just jumped the 1'6" part...she's weird.

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