Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Australia (NSW)
I am interested in teaching my horse jumping. Up until now we have focused mostly on faltwork and have only done 2 or 3 lessons of jumping. Sometimes flatwork includes poles and cavaletti. Up until now I have not felt confident enough with her to really give jumping a go but no I feel like my seat is much more secure and I am confident she wont play up on me. Yesterday I was even confident enough with her to take her for a big stretched out canter across a paddock which was the first time I really felt happy doing that and really let her stretch out.
So, my instructor has been teaching me a little bit about 2 point and we have been going over poles and cavaletti in that position. The thing is Lena doesn't really seem to care if she knocks the poles or not and just lazily crashes over them. One day about 6 months ago I fell off because she tripped over a jump and face planted (literally-there was sand in her mouth lol), neither of us were hurt luckily.
How do I teach her to pick her feet up over poles and to lift herself enough over a jump instead of knocking all the poles. I have lunged her over a small jump (40cm) and it took her a few crashes through it before she worked out she actually had to jump over it.
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