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post #1 of 7 Old 08-26-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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when is it too soon to start teaching a green horse to jump?

He is 6 years old, but he is still rather green. We have had him under saddle with a rider for about three weeks. He is very calm and willing to learn. I want to try to teach him to event or show jump.

I just really want to know how to introduce him to the concept. He does trot poles just fine.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-26-2009, 05:22 PM
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I would believe that he is ready
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how do i introduce him to it?
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He's only been under saddle for 3 weeks? I'd say give it another half year or so. He needs to learn to balance more with a rider before you throw a fence in front of him.
Get him moving laterally away from your leg and responding well to seat aids before you attempt to jump. You want the horse to be able to balance well at a walk, trot and canter before you look at jumping. 3 weeks in I doubt he'd be that balanced.
Then start small, start with a series of trot poles :)

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Okay, I thought he would need more time, but I didn't know how long.

He was ridden before I started working with him, but he wasn't very trained. He didn't know any of the aids we would use on him. He is learning fast though.

What about free jumping or on the lunge line? I know that I should probably let him do that before anything else. Should I do that in six months or sooner?
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I agree with JDI. You also need to think about how fast you do things....if you do things too fast you can really burn a horse out and make them completely sour to jumping. If you push, the horse will only give you so much jump. If you teach him and put a wonderful foundation on him and really prepare him, mentally emotionally and physically, he will jump his heart out.

Also, some horses like jumping, but they aren't suited for the sport. If he doesn't seem to be a jumper, don't force him to be a jumper.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-26-2009, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds good. He has seem to be willing to do everything I have asked. I will ask the trainer at the barn to let me know when he is close to being ready to try. I would love to have her help with him. Thanks for your help.
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