Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
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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* Because They Are Responsible *
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