I am trying to teach my 15 hh Paint to jump! She is willing and seems to enjoy it so far. First, I w/t her over poles. Then, I set up a tiny cross-rail. As I added height to the cross-rails, I noticed that she didn't quite jump over them, as much as, just ...walk over them. It wasn't until I added a pole about 12-14 in on the ground before and after the jump that she discovered that she would have to jump it. Now we are having fun.
I am concerned that I will have to leave the poles on the ground until we get to an appreciable height with the jumps. Is this a bad thing? Does anyone have experience training a horse to jump that might be able to offer advice.
Where can we go next? What other type of jump can I or should I introduce?
How will I know that it is appropriate to increase the height of the jump? Everyone says, "Take it slow" ...but what would that look like?