Accidental jumping... what do you think?

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    01-21-2010, 12:19 AM
Green Broke
Accidental jumping... what do you think?

This is Despationate.... a 16.4hh, 5 year old TB gelding that's been off the track for about a month now:


The other day I was riding him... where he lives they don't have a proper arena so I built one out of poles... Anyway I was trotting him around, when he decided he was bored, and turned and jumped the poles. I was pretty shocked but also excited, so I wanted to see if it was a fluke, or real. So I tried him over a REALLY tiny "jump" and he jumped it beautifully. Since he's only been a month of the track, and a 5 year old, I diddnt jump again, but at least I know he can jump!

What do you guys think of it? And the fact that he willingly jumped when I asked?
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    01-21-2010, 12:23 AM
A 16.4hh horse doesn't exist? It can only be 16.3 and then it goes up to 17.0? But he does look lovely! Good luck with him! =)
    01-21-2010, 12:59 AM
Green Broke
Oh right, sorry my bad... His owner said he was 16.4... Ok, a 16.3hh lol
    01-21-2010, 01:29 AM
I would not let him just jump when he wants to. At the moment I would be concerned with him listening to me and not going off and jumping when I'm not ready. However, if you are interested in jumping you should find a good jumping trainer to work with you and him to make things go a lot smoother.
    01-21-2010, 01:52 AM
Definitely agree with Roro, but since he seems to enjoy it, I would see where it takes you two. Ultimately you will be happier if you're pursuing something that is fun for you both, sounds like you like to jump too! I have a 16.3hh TB as well, I know he needed a good amount of down time and retraining once off the track, but he is a pretty fancy little jumper and LOVES it when I let him free jump in the arena. Good luck!
    01-22-2010, 04:21 PM
Don't let him jump poles but don't be afraid to jump him once your flat work is down and good enough.

It sounds like he's willing, just don't get him confuse poles with jumps, it won't help at all in the future.
    01-22-2010, 08:55 PM
I definitely agree with the not having him confuse the poles on the ground with a jump. I had a heck of a time with my mare that had that problem. I don't believe that she got any real good pole work in her training, just lots of jumping, and when I got her and tried to do some trot poles up to a jumping grid, it was not pretty. We had three trot poles up to a medium size crossrail, then a bounce to a 2 foot vertical, then a one stride to a 2'6" vertical, and then a three stride to a 3' either vertical or oxer, can't remember, but I think it was a vertical, and going into the trot poles, she jumped all three poles, and the first two fences, then made the one stride into a bounce, and took the 3 stride in one stride, and it took several times of doing it over again, and taking down some of the poles before she stopped jumping the trot poles. But if he seems willing enough, I would look for a trainer, and start working on flat with him, and see where you go with it.

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