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post #21 of 29 Old 02-07-2009, 04:07 PM
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Could it be an issue of protecting the horses from being overworked??
I know 2'6 may not seem much, but even if (hypothetically) the horse is doing just 2 lessons per day every second day at that height, it is still a big ask for him.
They have to do what is best for the horses. It may be holding you back, but if they were to let you progress, then they would have to allow the other students as well. They have to draw a line somewhere for the well being of the horses.
That's what our instructor told us. The horses work so much, it would be too much strain on their legs.
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post #22 of 29 Old 02-07-2009, 06:06 PM
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Why don't you just ask why there are restrictions? Haha
It could quite possibly be an insurance issue though. My dad is an insurance agent and has talked to me all about that stuff.
But I'd say, your best bet would be to just ask!
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post #23 of 29 Old 02-07-2009, 06:50 PM
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I do not have a trainer, but my "restriction" is about 5ft.
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post #24 of 29 Old 02-07-2009, 08:03 PM
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I set a restriction on my horse and it is on the contract that we have with the half leaser. My horse is restricted to 3'3" courses and 3'6" single and must be wearing jumping boots past 2'9" (unless being shown). He has an old racing injury and, although it has never caused any problems, we still don't feel like we should push him higher that that, plus, I never really want to go over 3'3".

My trainer restricts us to 3' on other peoples horses. We rarely go over 3' in class on our own horses anyway.
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post #25 of 29 Old 02-07-2009, 08:45 PM
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Just to play devil's advocate...
I have to say this. And I don't mean to be rude. You may think your ready when in reality you may not be. Speaking from a person who got thrown into the level 6's, it is awful to be oversized. I'm sure your trainer has your wellbeing in mind. It's actually great to practice over the smaller fences because it builds strength and confidence, plus you can do more jumps at a smaller hight.

And if your sure your ready go ahead and talk to your trainer about it, maybe she could find you a horse to ride at 3 foot.
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post #26 of 29 Old 02-07-2009, 11:20 PM
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I jump from about 2'6" to 3'6"
It all depends on how my horse is feeling/acting that day.


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post #27 of 29 Old 02-08-2009, 01:16 PM
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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?
We are allowed to jump higher but some people in my group aren't ready and it's the only day that I can go. :( we jump reaaaally small jumps.
Only me and this other girl were allowed to jump higher in one lesson. All the horses are amazing at jumping and the horses that aren't great aren't used in the jumping lessons. They don't have jumping lessons everyday.

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post #28 of 29 Old 02-08-2009, 08:10 PM
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Well, it's probably one of two things.
  1. The school horse's legs can't take it.
  2. The trainer isn't cirtified. There was a law pased that all hunter jumper instuctors have to be cirtified to teach up to a cirtian level, same with event instuctors.
Or you could just not be ready, as ready as you feel, you don't do something without consulting your trainer. I only just started jumping oxers after 7 years of riding

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post #29 of 29 Old 02-17-2009, 12:02 PM
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In order to jump a "certan" high level (4-6ft), just like StormyBlues, said, the horses legs have to be able to handle their own body weight.

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