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        02-12-2013, 09:26 PM
    Okay, thanks you guys!
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        02-12-2013, 09:40 PM
    Originally Posted by Canterklutz    
    If your heart is set on learning to jump suck it up and find an instructor. Otherwise, you are just setting yourself, your horse, and your family and friends up for a tragedy.

    You are not above anyone or anything.
    I don't think you understand my situation, when I mean "I can't afford a coach" I literally mean I cannot afford a coach. I have enough money to feed my horse and that's about it. You want to find me a free coach? I'd be more than happy to do it! Oh and I know I am not 'above anyone or anything'. I've ridden horses my whole life, I've fallen off many times, I've broken bones, I've been hurt by them a lot! I understand how dangerous they are. I'm a non-denominational Christian, I know I'm not above anyone! I'm not a little 12 year old girl who wants to jump her pony. I was just asking for a little advice. So thank you guys for your concern. But if you have nothing else that's helpful, I'm done posting on this thread. Thanks for your comments!
        02-12-2013, 09:56 PM
    Can you afford vet and hospital bills then?

    Now notice my first post- my suggestion to you was to find an experienced English rider who has worked with a coach / trainer who might enjoy the experience of starting a horse over fences, maybe a college age rider who has taken the lessons, got the experience, but cannot afford a horse atm.
    Shouldn't cost you anything, and will give your horse the beneficial experience of a skilled jumper starting him.
        02-13-2013, 08:56 AM
    Originally Posted by HorseyHan    
    I don't think you understand my situation, when I mean "I can't afford a coach" I literally mean I cannot afford a coach. I have enough money to feed my horse and that's about it. You want to find me a free coach? I'd be more than happy to do it!

    HH: Certainly understand money and I don't know where you are and what your situation in life is. But I do know that many many barns with trainers will trade labor for lessons.

    I so desperately want lessons (I am in my 50's with a full time job and a 17 year old son and husband) that my trainer is willing to cut some deals: some money and some lessons and we cheapskate and beg & borrow our way into things.

    If there is a will (to jump), there is a way (to find a trainer). Good luck. We all just want you safe.
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        02-21-2013, 05:03 PM
    First of all make sure you wear a good helmet and body protector. I know in the states people really don't do this but for jumping its so important because your chance or falling, being stepped on, falling into the jump is far higher than riding flat.

    Maybe have a lesson and explain what you want to learn. If you just have one or two lessons with a really good instructor it makes all the difference in any aspect of riding. I once had an hour lesson that made me completely re-think how I ride.
        02-21-2013, 05:41 PM
    Originally Posted by emeraldstar642    
    I'm sorry, but if you've never had a trainer how do you know that you have "really good english form"? Especially if you haven't ridden english in a while? Also you cannot learn jumping simply by looking at a picture or following written theory. The fact is that you yourself do not know how to jump, and therefore teaching a horse how to jump is out of the question. Green horse and green rider do not mix.

    Jumping is a very dangerous sport. It's not something you can simply teach yourself. You may have jumped high or bareback before, but that does not mean you know how to jump correctly. Learning would require a trainer. Equally as important, it would require a safe, experienced horse. Your horse is not experienced, and will not be quite as forgiving when it comes to inevitable new rider errors. While the idea of horse and rider learning something new like this together is lovely, it's unrealistic and only exists in movies. If you try to teach your horse to jump yourself, I can almost guarantee it will end badly and teach your horse some extremely bad habits (and probably turn him sour). There is much, much more to jumping than point and shoot. And you cannot effectively train a horse if you yourself are not trained.

    So please - Either get yourself a trainer or don't try this at all. For the sake of both you and your horse's safety. I'm sorry I could not be more help but that's the reality of the situation.
    I have to agree. You CANNOT teach yourself to jump properly. You simply can't achieve good and proper riding form by teaching yourself. You need to have someone on the ground who can correct and teach you. If you can't afford a coach or exchange labor for lessons then an attempt should not be made at all.

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