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post #1 of 8 Old 02-09-2011, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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teaching to jump?

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I'm looking for advice for teaching my horse to enjoy jumping. I've worked him over poles off and on for a couple years, w/t/c, and he is fine with them. He doesn't avoid them or anything, he does tend to clip them a good amount of the time, so I know he needs more work with that. But i've tried putting him over a few small jumps, (like crossrails that at the highest part of the x are MAYBE a foot, very small in the middle) and he NEVER wanted to go over. He would do it, but he didn't want to. I only did in the first place because I thought he might get more excited about an actual little jump then poles. Needless to stay, I quit trying, as I don't want to ruin any chance of him enjoying it in the future.. is there more I can do to make him want to jump, or is it possible that he'll just never be interested? Thanks =]
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You don't have to teach your horse to jump, they can do it in the wild or without a rider just fine.

If I were you I would start with ground poles once he is used to them, help him with his jumping with ground poles in front of the jump.

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Were you nervous? Did you have enough impulsion to the fence? If he felt the you were nervous about something going wrong and not really pushing him over the fence he probably backed off as well. More pole work will definitely help, poles before the fence can help you both since it will help with the distance to the fence.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-10-2011, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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AlexS: I don't mean to teach him how to jump, I meant how to help him enjoy it more. I see horses that get excited to jump and I'm curious if some horses just don't like it or what can I do to make it fun for him.
Alcatraz: I was definitely not nervous, I was just lunging him over the crossrails (I should have explained that in my original post, sorry) and I do feel he had plenty of impulsion to get over. I have done lots of work over ground poles both lunging and under saddle, so any ideas what else would help?
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I would guess the reason he doesnt want to go over is he doesnt understand the foot work. I prefer jumping horses always undersaddle because you the rider can help them figure out the most that way. Work on trot poles [3,4, or 5 of them all spaced 4.5 feet apart] do this until he is very comfortable and not hitting them with his feet. After you do this a few sessions add a small cross rail 9 feet behind the trot poles. This will help him know where to take off. You can also do some trot and canter work with raised cavalettis to teach him to pick up his feet. [4.5 feet apart for trot and 9 feet apart for canter]

He is going to have to learn how to jump if you want him to enjoy it =]

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okay, i'll try taking more time with trot poles, and in the saddle instead of lunging. I guess I just figured maybe it'd be easier for him to learn without my extra weight on his back! It doesn't help that I don't have much experience at all jumping horses, I wish I had a horse that I could learn on and get a good jumping position with but I don't have any options really. I'm trying to afford weekly lessons at a grand prix jumping stable near my house but I probably won't be able to afford it for a couple more months
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Are there other stables near your house? You don't really need to be at a stable at that level. Also do you know how to do a 2 point at a trot when you are not jumping? If not, that would be a great place to start to get used to balancing yourself.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-11-2011, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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I can ride in two point, I've practiced it at every gait. So that will definitely help. I don't mean to say that I would be taking lessons at that level of course :) it's just a great place to take lessons. They take people of all ages and levels and have produced a lot of grand prix show jumpers. I would obviously be starting as a beginner to jumping.
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