So, I can't tell you how many times me and mother have argued over jumps. Yes, jumps.
My horse is pretty new to jumping, only been at it for about 6 months. Any way, when I he started jumping (lunging) I used cinder blocks, with a PVC pipe on them. When he hit the pipe, it of course came off. So he basically knew that he could pick and choose when to jump it, or when to not jump it, as it came off so easily. I know realize it was a terrible mistake, but I can't go back in time to train him differently. He got higher and higher with the lunge jumping until it was about 3 feet. He still picked and choosed when to jump (He jumped it about 7/10 times) So, when I started riding him over the jumps, I realized what a horrid, horrid thing had been done.
He would hit the pole when he was to lazy to jump it...
So, Starting small again and now trying to retrain him how to jump without knocking the pole, I filled the empty air under the jumps with stuff (buckets, blue barrels, pool noodles, anything basically) And he jumped it every single time, not missing one single jump when he realized that the jump was solid.
Okay, so here is where I first started off this thread. My mother looked at my jumps and renamed them "Death Jumps". Because they were solid. She said that if my horse hit one, we would both be on the ground. She said that a solid jump is dangerous. I argued with her saying that Jumpers use solid jumps, that in show jumping you see them jumping something completely solid, such as flower boxes, or gates and such (look here) She said that those horses are highly trained in jumping... Those horses at one point in time have to learn how to jump something solid, they need to learn that you can't hit the pole of a tiny, 3 foot jump. And so, they jump over solid things... (After my mum seen my jumps I am no longer allowed to jump anything solid that wont knock over if my horse hits it)
Anyway, anyway. So, now honestly tell me, is jumping over something solid bad? My jumps weren't bad at all, They were like so: Two blue barrels, with two buckets on the side, so a pole could be above them about 2 inches. Or, Two blue barrels on the side, with a pole resting on them, with only white buckets filling the space underneath... The barrels were secure, they were NOT going to roll anywhere, and the pole was heavy, it would fall straight down... Jumping over solid jumps the first day with him, he didn't hit them one single time... My mum says it only takes on accident, and I respect her ideas, and new rule...
Would you be jumping over solid jumps? With a horse who has been jumping about 6 months?