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post #21 of 27 Old 11-10-2009, 04:39 PM
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Cavaletties and poles will definately help you guys once you get back to jumping. It'll be better for her in the long run :)

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post #22 of 27 Old 11-10-2009, 04:58 PM
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You are very strong. I don't know how I would survive without jumping....LOL.

Anyway, you two look great in the video. Rainy surely has potential. It will really be worth the wait and then when she is older, and after lots of dressage like meantioned in this thread, she will be even better.

It will be a great idea to work with poles. You can also practice the striding and all with the poles. Set up a jumping "course" with the poles only, and take Rainy over them at a canter, as if you were jumping, and practice lengthening and shortening her stride. When you come up to the jumps, it will be as if you are working with raised poles! (which is exactly what they are, LOL)

Just clench those teeth and wait for those days to fly by. ; )

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post #23 of 27 Old 11-11-2009, 09:21 AM
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YES! There are soooo many things you can do to perfect jumping without leaving the ground. I bought my horse as a 5 year old and decided not to jump him until he was 6 since I thought 5 was too young too. I'm totally in the wait until they stop growing idea.

Anyway, 101 Jumping Exercises is an okay book. I think the first 30 or 40 are exercises to do over ground poles and cavaletti. All are geared toward proper steering, striding and rider position.

Dressage lessons as it pertains to jumping. Learning how to half halt your horse with your seat so that you can both learn how to adjust his stride at the canter. If you place 2 ground poles X amount of strides apart, you should be able to pick the number of strides you want to get between the two poles without fail. If you cannot collect or extend your horse's stride, it's probably not a great idea to be jumping anyway. Dressage helps with these things and also helps build your horse's necessary muscles for jumping properly from behind rather than flat and hollow.

We spent his entire 5th year doing the above things and when fences finally came into the equation, they were just things in the middle of our flat work. The basics are very important, and a year goes by very fast.

Thats what I did, now Im a D grader.... :)

It works! Nd dont worry, your trainer is awsome, I must say! And a year will go by very fast, just you wait and see

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post #24 of 27 Old 11-11-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Yeah, I'm just sitting out the year...:P Plus I found out I'm also waiting another year before doing canter classes- all of the other girls in the non-gaited lessons get to this year. *sigh* This is driving me crazy!
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post #25 of 27 Old 12-05-2009, 05:20 PM
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How come you have to wait?!?

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post #26 of 27 Old 12-06-2009, 01:19 PM
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This coming year will go by and be done before you even have a chance to realize it. There are so many things you can do, and you are very fortunate you have a trainer to work with to improve, get better and be a pro for the day you guys start jumping again.
I am going to be sending a new gelding in for training to do straight flat work because he probably won't be ready to start seeing jumps until at least the summer. Dressage and flat work IS the basic of any discipline and even once you start riding again, you will still be doing flatwork in between your jumping sessions.

Good for you for taking the time to do this. Both and your horse (and future horses)will benefit from it from the extra training.

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post #27 of 27 Old 12-06-2009, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the words of wisdom! :) Yeah, I'm glad we are taking the time off, so to speak, and I'm pretty excited to do more dressage, even though it's not my favorite. I'm starting to warm up to it, I suppose. :)
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