Teaching my horse to jump..
or at least trotting poles... :')
As some of you might know, I ride a friesian horse named Eefje.
She's almost 5 years old so I would like to start to do a little jumping thingies. Because I like that!
I KNOW friesians are not born jumpers, but this is just sad haha.
How can I motivate her for jumping?
First things first, trotting poles. She won't bother to lift up her feet. Even if there's just 3 poles. It's a coincidence if she NOT touches the poles. Because 9 out of 10 times she does. She trips over them, one time almost tripped so bad that she almost fell.
Yep. She's really clumsy with things like that.
I thought, let's try a (small) jump, maybe than she'll lift those **** feet of her. Sometimes she trots over it or in canter she makes a tiny little jump, or actually just a larger canter step(?) :')
Or sometimes she walks right through the jump like a bulldozer..
One time she decided to refuse. You know what she did? Not like all other horses stop right before the jump. Not like all other horses slip along the pole thingy. No, she runs right INTO the pole (the one that stands vertically, to hold up the jumping pole :') ). Next time I'll be prepared for that.. :')
So what am I looking for? Tips and tricks to motivate her and to improve her skills (which she don't have yet haha).
I think it's best to start with trotting poles? How do I make her pay attention to them? Because even if she tripped over them a 100 times, she still doesn't pay attention to those poles.
Or is this just a hopeless case :')
I hope to hear stories of you about horses that were just as hopeless as this, but now can jump pretty good :') Lol.
Yup my english sucks. And I don't know all the right words for everything, sorry for that! Hope it's a bit clear to you guys what I'm saying :P
Sorry! Bad english.. feel free to correct me (:
Last edited by Cherie; 10-25-2013 at 11:02 AM.