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    11-01-2007, 11:03 PM
Training to jump

I'm going to be leasing a my lesson horse very soon. The instructor doesn't know if she ever learned to jump. So I'm going to assume she never did. She does fine trotting over ground poles and I've walked her over small cross rails. So I think the next step is to start trotting her over low cross rails and see how she does with that. I've never done this before so any words of wisdom will be appreciated.
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    11-02-2007, 12:48 AM
Hang on?
Sometimes horses will leap over a 6" crossrail as if it's a 6' solid wall surrounded by viscious animals...That is, if they've never jumped before.
On the other hand, they could stumble over it.. in which case "hang on" works as well..
Or.. everything could be fine :)

Have you ever free-jumped her?
    11-02-2007, 10:22 AM
Yes I would try free jumping her first to see how she goes. But just build her up heigher and heigher and be patience
    11-02-2007, 07:28 PM
I don't quite understand where justdressageit was coming from there so ill try and give you some helpful advice.

Im in the process of teaching my mare to jump and apart from having some confidence issues in the beginning, she is coming along really well. I started her off on the trot poles as well but it seems you have already covered that part. When she does this with 100% confidence and without knocking any jumps you can lift the height a little. I've been going on 4" lifts at a time. Each time you make a new height, show it to her, walk her over it a couple of times and then start trotting her over. The jumps should be placed about 12' apart for a full length stride or 6' for a bounce (i think its 6'). Mix it up a little though. You don't want her getting used to one way and getting bored. Mix up the heights a little and distances.

For each height, you don't want to move it up until she is confidently doing each jump without any hesitation, rushing or knocking poles. Remember to urge her on a little before each jump so she learns to pick up over the jump.

When I had issues with my girls confidence in the beginning, I took her out on a trail ride and found some natural jumps that she seemed much happier to jump than the set jumps. After she had done this she was much more confident with the set jumps.

Keep in mind your confidence and position as well as this will help your horsey to deal with the jumps and learn confidently.

Good luck and have fun :)
    11-02-2007, 08:53 PM
Just stay calm. You need to let the horse know its no big deal to go over it, especially not knowing how she will react about it. Also, don't look at the jump, look forward. Horses can tell if you are looking down, then they will look down, ect ect. As long as you stay calm, and strong, and try to make the crossrail as "unscary" as possible, it should go well.

Have fun and good luck. And be ready for anything, from a tiny step to a big jump, just make sure you are secure in the saddle when going over it the first time not knowing how she will react.

Let us know how it goes!
    11-04-2007, 05:05 PM
What I meant was that horses don't really need to be "taught" how to jump.. they do it naturally, it's not some foreign thing to them. It's just a matter of how they'll go about it with a rider on them.
Plus I was trying to be a little bit cheeky in my reply... for once?
    11-04-2007, 07:45 PM
I know some horses who absolutely refuse to jump and are scared to death of it, I'm not sure how natural it is.. but I'm sure it is part of the flight response.

A bounce jump, as I learned it, was 8.5-10.5 depending on the horse.. I wouldn't include bounce jumps until you have full confidence over a single jump, then full confidence over 4 stide + line.. etc. I would always lunge the horse over the jump, before a you put a rider on.. (either find low standards, or make a jump from a raised cavelleti, etc.).. first at the trot, then at the canter.. if she jumps willingly on a lunge line, try riding over it.. take it slow so she doesn't lose confidence.. etc.

Good luck! And hang on!
    11-04-2007, 09:10 PM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
What I meant was that horses don't really need to be "taught" how to jump.. they do it naturally, it's not some foreign thing to them. It's just a matter of how they'll go about it with a rider on them.
Plus I was trying to be a little bit cheeky in my reply... for once?
oh ok lol ;) my bad :)

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