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  • Exercise to make my horse pick her feet up when jumping

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    09-22-2008, 02:15 PM

So my tb just turned 5 and I am about to start jumping her. I put her in the round pen and had her jump a little jump like 1 or 1.5 foot poll and she did ok. When it was too small she just trotted over it but as it got a little bigger she actually picked her feet up.

I was wondering if anyone had any exercises that I could use ... please let me know!

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    09-23-2008, 11:19 AM


That's just an example of what gymnastics is, (I think that link's exercises are probably ones that you would want to attempt later down the road in your jumping career) but ground poles, trot poles, canter poles, crossrails, etc, are awesome for training under saddle or in the round pen. If you don't have a lot of poles, PVC pipes are cheap (I think they're around $4) and you can buy them at pretty much any hardware store.

One exercise that I did with a green jumper was just setting up random trot pole clumps all around the round pen, and then I made a tiny crossrail for him to go over after a set of poles. I'm sure adding an 18'' vertical as a bounce or a one stride (depending on if you think she'll pick up the canter after the cross rail) would work too. Under saddle, go over a bajillion trot poles and when she seems relaxed, for an itty bitty crossrail. And remember, jumping is all about confidence so really encourage her and reward her when she does something you like. Good luck!

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