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    09-09-2010, 08:10 AM
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.
Thank you
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    09-09-2010, 11:19 AM
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
    09-09-2010, 11:25 AM
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.
    09-09-2010, 11:30 AM
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....
    09-09-2010, 01:44 PM
Originally Posted by Regan7312    
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.
    09-09-2010, 10:20 PM
Okay. I know a trainer near my house but, I do not know if she teaches jumping. I will find out ASAP. Thanks
    09-11-2010, 03:51 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, def get a trainer. Jumping without a trainer can never lead to anything good.
    09-11-2010, 04:15 PM
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.
    09-11-2010, 04:23 PM
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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