Anybody else have jumping height restrictions?

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Anybody else have jumping height restrictions?

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  • My riding instructor wont let me jump higher?
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    02-05-2009, 04:11 PM
Anybody else have jumping height restrictions?

At least for lessons that is. I don't have my own horse so I ride lesson horses. We're only allowed to jump a maximum height of 2'6. It frustrates me that I won't get to experience jumping higher. Unless I get my own horse. Most of the time we don't even jump 2'6 only a 2'0 to 2'3 vertical or a small crossrail. Anybody else have height restrictions?
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    02-05-2009, 04:19 PM
Ugh, just realized that this should have been in jumping. *sigh*
    02-05-2009, 04:22 PM
Yes, I have a horse but I ride lesson horses at the barn, because my horse is at home so it is hard to haul back n forth, anyways, my trainer has me jump 2"6 on my horse but only lets me jump 2' on her horses, and the horse can jump higher, I have seen it!!!
    02-05-2009, 04:40 PM
Maybe they only let you jump a certain heigh because they don't think your ready to go higher *shrugs* maybe.
    02-05-2009, 04:46 PM
Nope. The highest anybody in lessons is allowed to jump is 2'6.
    02-05-2009, 04:55 PM
I've moved your thread to Jumping. :) Anyway, that stinks about the restrictions. :( Why do they do that? It is probably harming the people who can move up...
In my lessons, we stay on a certain jump height until we're ready to move up.
    02-05-2009, 05:01 PM
I really have no idea. I thought we could jump higher until a girl in my lesson said "this is the highest we're allowed to jump" . And then an instructor in the summer said "i can't make the jump higher because i'll get in trouble." but I thought it was because it wasn't the owner of the barn he was like a sub-in trainer. I was mad when I found out.
    02-05-2009, 05:06 PM
Maybe some weird insurance issue?
    02-05-2009, 05:31 PM
Well, I have often wondered, if I do take my horse to the barn to ride, like trianing for a show or something, then I ride over higher fences and my trainer encourages me with it saying I am ready, buit on her horse that I ride when just at a random lesson I only do cross rails, but at shows the same horse jumps twice as high, I have even jumped her 2"6 before but lately it has been low stuff.
    02-05-2009, 06:02 PM
Well if you ride a lesson horse you don't have any place to say how high they can jump... you have to remember that lesson horses get ridden by different people many times a week. If their owner says that you can't jump any higher then you need to respect that. Keep in mind that the owner wants the best for the horse as well as you probably do and they know the limits of the horse to keep them sound and healthy :) If you want to jump more then save and get your own horse, they you can do whatever you want.

I am a trainer and if a student wants to jump higher then 2'6" they are aware that they need to get their own horse. I agree 100% that if you are riding someone else's horse you should be thankful and respect the owners wishes :)

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