Building to Bigger Jumps

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    04-12-2012, 11:37 PM
Building to Bigger Jumps

Hello everyone(:
I've been jumping my horse for two years, and the highest we jumped was maybe 2'6 to 3'
She's more toned and has much more stamina than when we started. She's around 15.2 hh.
We were jumping today, an almost 2' oxer and a 2'3 vertical.
We'll probably drop back down, because this was just a test to see how well she could do them.

What's the best way to build better jumping?
Obviously start small and get bigger, haha, but how long should I spend on one hight?

We do lots of circles and trotting, she doesn't rush. We need to get a bit straighter after the jump.

I've done trotting poles to jumps, made scary jumps and what not, just wanted opinions

Also is there a limit to how high we should go? I don't even know if she could take 3 feet o.o
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    04-12-2012, 11:50 PM
Let your horse tell you how high :) Trust me, they will. You will be able to tell when thier scope runs out, and the jumps get harder. I bet you can take your 15hh up to 3ft+, my 14hh hits 2'6 w/ a little scope left over ;) But it really all depends on the horse - I know a 16.3hh TB that couldn't find a 2' distance to save his life ... I hated that school horse... ANYWAY, just let your horse tell you :) You'll know.

As for jumping one height, just do it untill you are comfertable. If you jump 2'3 one day and say, I wanna jump 2'6, and do badly, go back to 2'3. If you say 2'6, and you fly with ease, then stay up at 2'6! Both situations are one of those things - you'll know ;)

Don't feel bad if you stay at one height for a while!! You will be a better, more responsible rider if you stay at a height where you are comfy and do well before you jump up, than a rider who just wants to one up the Grand Prix-ers and jump 4 ft after a month of jumping. If you stay at 2'3 for a month before 2'6ing, don't feel bad!! Now, there is a time where you need to jump out of the comfort zone ... or else you'll just get nervous. It happens to me. What I do to help is once a month, I play Logical Chase me Charlie - I just keep bumping up the jumps untill I know, after I take the jump, "I need to practice that before going higher," and I just stay there and practice that height!! Notice I said LOGICAL Chase me Charlie - which I think is much better than the origional. You don't play for height. You play for p.r.o.g.r.e.s.s!
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    04-12-2012, 11:55 PM
What if she refuses a jump? Should I take her back to it?
    04-13-2012, 12:31 AM
Are you saying what if she refuses a higher jump than you've been jumping? If so -

Make sure you are 100% confident that YOU want to take this jump. If you search in you, and realize you are too scared, and are being scared for the horse, then bring the jumps back down and settle untill you realize that you are ready.

If you are feeling, "Yes, I want to try this!" Than you have to make your mare believe it! Really push her to the jump, with a smile on your face. Make her know that it's okay, and that you believe in her.

If she still refuses, have someone who regularly jumps that height hop on, if possible. If they can't get the mare over it, it's probably not a you problem. Your mare is likely scared. In this case, I am not experianced enough to tell you what to do :/ Just let your mare know it's okay, and that your a team!! That should do the trick! Respect gets you Trust, and once you get Trust, you've got the whole world on the other side of your lead <3 That's the beauty in horses. They will try to jump a highway sign if they trust you ;)
    04-13-2012, 12:35 AM
And to awnser your question, yes, always take her back to a jump she refuses. My rule is try 4 times. If I can't get it, ask my trainer for more advice, or to show me. If she can get the horse over, I know I need to step up my game.

I'll use an example here. I was riding a school horse, Willie. Willie is an excellent jumper ;) This was a while ago, and we were going to try 2 2'3 barrels sitting next to eachother [Like this => (barrel)(barrel)] for the first time. Now, I've always ridden horses that hate barrels, and they have made me hate barrels. The first time we came to them, W refused. My trainer said she has jumped him over one barrel [Like (barrel)] with ease. This spiked my energy, and made me know this was a me problem. Over we went! Then my trainer took the second barrel away, and over we went again! 99.7% of the time, it's because the rider doesn't trust the horse - not the other way around ;)
    04-13-2012, 12:36 AM
Thank you so much for your help (:
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    04-13-2012, 12:40 AM
I actually just jumped some barrels the other day. Probably the most awkward jump ever. It was like up, left, down, left,.straight. I almost fell!
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    04-13-2012, 08:51 AM
If you want to try jumping more height, I would set up a grid and make the last jump gradually higher. This way your horse is already set up for the striding and success =]
    04-13-2012, 10:51 AM
See! They are evil barrels of death xD

I like gypsy's excersize ;) Plus, if your at all nervous, doing a grid forces you to jump it anyway :p
    04-13-2012, 11:20 AM
I just go one hole at a time until I'm confident and my horse is jumping it every time and clearing it every time. I went from being nervous about 2'6" to confident over 3'4" in fairly short order, but I'm stuck at 3'4" at the moment because my horse needs to be conditioned some more before I jump him over bigger jumps.

My rule is, jump it for a month at the height it's at, and if I feel good and my horse is jumping consistently without stopping or taking rails, move up after that just one hole. If not, I need more practice at that height.

I do use a related line to get the striding and spot right if I'm moving up in height because it saves me from having to worry about that part of things, and I can concentrate on riding forward into my fence.

If your horse refuses, try to get them over the fence again. Do that 4 times and if you still can't, drop it down one hole and get them over that way, at a height you know they can handle. It's always better to drop the height and end on a good note, than to force them over a fence they're not ready for and damage their confidence.
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