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post #1 of 5 Old 11-22-2007, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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when can we jump higher

I've been jumping my mare over small crossrails and so far she's doing fine. But I want to know how long I should wait to raise the jumps. I know it's not an exact science. I just need a general guideline for how often I can raise the jumps and how high.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-22-2007, 07:50 PM
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It all depends on you and your horse. If you feel you are confident and experienced enough, and your horse is confident and have enough miles over small jumps on her then yes raise the jumps.

If you are an experienced jumper then follow your horses pace. Your horse will give you decreate or obvious signs that they are ready or not to go higher. Such as they may just simple refuse to jump or they consistantly slow down and hesitate.

Take your time in building up your horses confidence level over jumps. Just dont over do it. I tend to do a few practise jumps over a new height until I feel my horse is right then get 2 or 3 good and well performed jumps then call it quits for the day. Always finish on a good note.

If your horse starts refusing the jump lower it until they will jump it and finish off once they jumped the lower level.

Basically just let your horse tell you when they are ready to increase the height. Watch for signs to see their thoughts on the jumps. Good luck!
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-22-2007, 10:46 PM
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Take then up according to you, and your horses confidance level. Remember not to jump high all the time as this makes then 'sour' towards jumping.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-23-2007, 01:05 AM
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Try making the cross rail bigger (like, a more extreme angle, so the middle gets raised) and practice that a bit. And then go back and do some really low straight jumps. Lots of horses will jump cross rails fine, but get intimidated by a straight rail. You could try free jumping her or lunging her over some bigger jumps first, so she isn't seeing them for the first time when ur riding her.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-23-2007, 05:11 PM
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I have a 3 year old filly and I'm jumping her 1 ft now and I've only been taking her over jumps for 1 day. I took her over poles for a while then stacked up some logs and she went right over them. It was nice but I felt she was ready to jump. I just say if there still going forward great it's ok to go higher just dont over do it. Also take in concideration of there age and structure. 1 ft may not seem like alot for my horse but she just started and she's only 3. If your horse is older than 5 I say raise the jumps. Good luck!
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