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post #1 of 9 Old 09-09-2010, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Beginner interested in jumping

I'm interested in learning how to jump yet I cannot afford lessons because of being a student with little income. Is there another way to learn? My horse and I are as green a spring grass so I completely understand we need to begin with simple things but I do not know where I can find the information on correct body form and what I can substitute for expensive jumping supplies(hay bales maybe?).
Any information, words of wisdom, tips or videos are appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-09-2010, 10:19 AM
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You really need a trainer for jumping. It's a dangerous thing to learn on your own. Especially since you and your horse are very green
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-09-2010, 10:25 AM
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I am a student with a small income and I work my butt off at my barn to be able to ride, along with my other job and school. Find a barn and see if you can do work in exchange for riding/lessons.
I would not try to learn alone, that could be disastrious and lead to bad habits.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-09-2010, 10:30 AM
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Yes, it's expencive, but lessons are the only way someone should learn to jump, especially with a green rider and horse. Please don't use hay bales to learn on, either. If the horse's foot were to get caught in it....
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-09-2010, 12:44 PM
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I am a student with a small income and I work my butt off at my barn to be able to ride, along with my other job and school. Find a barn and see if you can do work in exchange for riding/lessons.
I would not try to learn alone, that could be disastrious and lead to bad habits.
I second that. I know at least 3 or 4 jumping and eventing barns. You work there and get lesson as a pay.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-09-2010, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. I know a trainer near my house but, I do not know if she teaches jumping. I will find out ASAP. Thanks
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-11-2010, 02:51 PM
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Yeah, def get a trainer. Jumping without a trainer can never lead to anything good.

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-11-2010, 03:15 PM
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I agree, a trainer is manditory. If you have a small income, you might be able to work off a lesson on a saturday or sunday, or any other time you aren't at school. That's what I do, I clean my trainers tack & barn in exchange for two lessons a week.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-11-2010, 03:23 PM
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i've been riding since I was six. I remember my first time jumping I was very experienced in flat work etc. it was a group lesson and I was on a completely push button pony. They trainer said everyone go over the cross rail and I was like what? Me too? & she was like yep your ready.. I had NO idea what to do.. I was like do I just like trot and steer him at it? I'm so confused.. how does the horse know I want to jump it. The pony was very experienced. I went to it and he just plopped over it. It was the smallest jump ever.. but it's amazing how unsure I was of it. If you've never jumped before I wouldn't recommend just trying it. Especially if your horse has never done it. You and him have no idea what a jump is, there's no possible way of overcoming that successfully.

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