Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: State College, PA
I wasn't sure from your origial post, but are you riding her over these or lunging or what? If she isn't actually jumping then I suggest lunging her over cross rails, or free jumping her through gymnastics. This will teach her to pick up her feet, balance and find her distances without having to worry about the extra weight. Once she is going well over cross rails-2' fences free jumping then I would try riding her over nice inviting cross rails with ground poles (i'm assuming that's what you meant by putting poles 12-14" in front and behind the jumps). Some horses don't start to actually jump until around 2'. If you aren't an experienced jumper I would not suggest trying to train her yourself though, as simple things like getting left behind, jumping ahead, losing your balance or using your reins to balance are all things that can seriously harm a horse's jump training. When in doubt, get lessons at the least or best case scenario, get a professional to train her for you. Getting the basics down while still maintaining her willingness to please and sanity is utterly important.