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        10-04-2007, 07:38 PM
    Is there anything I can do to help Blu and I jump better? I am going to try to get jumping videos this Saturday. I just wanted to know if there is anything that could help is out....
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        10-04-2007, 07:40 PM
    You can jump in a western saddle, but I think a english saddle will do you a little more good. I don't use a helmet like ever but they are always a really good idea can't go wrong with one.
        10-04-2007, 07:44 PM
    I've never worn a helmet before! But if I need it I'll wear one. I don't think I can get on anytime soon, though.

    But are there any workouts or something I can do to improve on things with Blu?

    Also, how do I get him to ease up when approaching a jump? He gets excited and anxious so he speeds up and he is either too close to the jump or too far away from the sweet spot...
        10-04-2007, 08:11 PM
    I would do a lot of ground work with him before actually you going on to jump him. Set up poles both before and after so he gets an idea of the number of steps to take both before and after. If you can, lunge him, or free jump him over jumps with the poles before and after so he can figure it out on his own without the need to feel rushed. Always progress as much as he's comfortable with. You'd want him to take everything in stride and not rush. I would keep doing a small jump til he's like "mom I can do this in my sleep" and then gradually raise the jump. No one ever got in trouble for moving too slow with their horse.
        10-04-2007, 08:18 PM
    Okay! Like I said the highest jump he's gone over for show juping was about 3 1/2ft. Plus a log abou that big too and about two feet wide...I guess I will get a video of us jumping like two foot jumps if that's okay.

    Oh, and when I'm jumping I usually just give him his head at the sweet spot when he goes to jump. But every other time I pull a little on the bit. I keep steady. I don't really know how to type that in words....is that bad that I do that? Like I said, he gets WAY excited and I really have to hold him back. He loves to run, usually any chance he can get he will. I don't want to keep yanking his mouth when working. He isn't really soft at the mouth. He needs a harder handle...does that make sense?
        10-04-2007, 08:24 PM
    I am going to ride in like 30min. To an hour. Is there anything I need to do? I was going to maybe jump a little. Only like one foot jumps though. Boo is probably out of shape. :) What can I do when approaching a jump, besides pulling at his mouth, to sslow him and make him steady.......?
        10-05-2007, 05:53 PM
    I don't use a helmet like ever but they are always a really good idea can't go wrong with one.
    Flying B why don't you wear a helmet?
        10-05-2007, 06:20 PM
    Hmm, my mare gets like this when we approach a large-ish jump. I sit to her trot, and give her a slight half halt, just to get her attention and for her to collect herself before she takes off. After that, she usually brakes into a canter and again I half halt her to collect herself and then ask for the downward transition.
        10-05-2007, 06:34 PM
    I am going riding again today, I think. I am going to jump a just a little bit. My mom is going to record me jumping or take pictures tomorrow! This time when I jump I am going to shorten my stirrups. Last time I didn't and I kept losing them! I jumped a log and fell completely onto the side of Boo and he kept loping! I had to pull myself up with my arms and the saddle horn. Its not the first time just one of those memorable ones because it was a BIG log! Lol
        10-05-2007, 08:20 PM
    Horse_luver4e I don't wear a helmet because they don't keep the sun off me very good, and after training all day my neck would be tired with that heavy thing on my head all day.

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