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    05-11-2010, 02:33 AM
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Weanling
Jump Training

My gelding has finally had enough weight and muscle on him to start training in jumping. We went to our first show (we didn't compete but we did demonstrations) and in the warm up area they had jumps. We jumped 18 inches and one jump was set up at 2 feet but one side was dropped on the ground to make it look like a cross rail without the other rail. He did good but lots of times he would walk over it. I tried at a trot and canter and he would jump maybe 1/4 of the time and the rest he would refuse or walk over it or just simply knock it over.
I want to start his training all over again. The people who had him started him out on jumps about 3 feet at a canter instead of gradually working him up. I'm not comfortable jumping him at that level and he isn't ready for that again.
What are some methods of helping him gain confidence over jumps and help his posture over fences?


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    05-11-2010, 12:12 PM
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Starting refusales at the beginning of training is a clear cut sign you're pushing him further than he is okay with. You need to start small. Ground poles and let him learn his spacing by walking, trotting, and cantering them. Once he understands them you can begin raising the poles SLOWLY. I started my paint jumping in september... we didn't reach 18 inches - 2 ft until nearly february. It's always better to take it extra slow and let them be confident before raising it more. Keep the jumps around 6 inches for a while and let him realize it's okay then move it up some.
     
    05-11-2010, 12:42 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Poco1220    
Starting refusales at the beginning of training is a clear cut sign you're pushing him further than he is okay with. You need to start small. Ground poles and let him learn his spacing by walking, trotting, and cantering them. Once he understands them you can begin raising the poles SLOWLY. I started my paint jumping in september... we didn't reach 18 inches - 2 ft until nearly february. It's always better to take it extra slow and let them be confident before raising it more. Keep the jumps around 6 inches for a while and let him realize it's okay then move it up some.
That was the first time I ever jumped him but the people before me jumped him like I said above so I just tried that jump and the jump wasn't really 2 feet. If you look above at the pictures with the little rail there, that's what I meant its set on two foot but its not two foot at all. I wouldn't take him over a 2 foot vertical at this time. I'm not comfortable jumping him at that and at first he didn't refuse he'd walk over or he'd over jump the jump then he started refusing. There was a trainer there helping me too by the way but I am starting his jumping training all over. We're doing trot poles and then slowly going from there.
     

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