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        01-25-2007, 08:47 PM

    I'm not technically teaching Ella to jump, as in we do not compete...but I am trying to teach her to go over obstacles for when we are on the trail. I have her practicing going over logs at a walk for now...different sized logs, and she really enjoys it. I'd like to make some different level things to go over with her (I've never jumped before, so we are learning this together, little bit at a time...) I'd like to see some ideas you all have for putting together steps/jumps and things like that. Remember, I have to start small and work my way up....and it's more for a use in the field than anything else. Thanks!
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        01-26-2007, 01:51 PM

    Sounds like you are going on the right track.Yes remember to start small and work your way up and make sure you are confident with everystep you take.Also if you have any friends that jump mabey you could ride with them and have them give you some tips while you ride. Hope I can help
        01-26-2007, 08:11 PM
    Thanks D-izzle. I wish I had people to ride with, but there isn't anyone around here. There is one person up the road and when I tried to ride with her, I had just started riding and was scared and she went taking off without me, showing off, and was plain rude. ...so, I ride alone. :(

    I'm always open sor suggestions! Thanks
        01-26-2007, 08:15 PM
    I agree with D-izzle, sounds like you are doing the right stuff, that is what I am doing with my TB right now. Sorry, you have to ride alone :( I would ride with you if I could haha

    Good luck!
        01-26-2007, 08:54 PM
    That's the right idea, very smart. You can try ground poles too to help with timing. Trotting and cantering ground poles is very beneficial. I'd do only do about up to 18 inches right now. You can try small grids too. Haha I just realized you weren't actually IN to jumping. My fault. Well those are still good too. But your on the right track. Haha
        01-26-2007, 11:34 PM
    I'd love to get into full jumping, but Ella's legs are tender from her racing career and she can't hold up to constant pounding on her front legs. So, no shows for us, but that's fine with me...I love her.
        02-07-2007, 05:46 PM
    Oh phew!!! I thought I was the only maniac trying to teach my horse to jump aswell as myself. Like every jumping book I read they say don't teach yourself and your horse at the same time blah blah.....

    But yeah you start low with logs that's what Im doing too
        02-25-2007, 02:57 PM
    If you do it uphill you can make steps
        02-26-2007, 05:06 AM
    Well, I am teaching Zanath to jump right now as well It probably helps that both her and I absolutely love jumping, but oh well.

    So, we started you with 4 trot poles along the ground, we walked, trotted and cantered over them. It took us a long time to begin cantering over jumps. The I took one pole, and made a 20cm jump, and took the other trot poles away. We went over that, then we slowly kept making it larger for her. As I am inexperienced with horse training, and this is all that I have done, maybe try a trainer once? I dunno, all I have been told is "get a trainer!"

    Good luck!
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