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post #1 of 12 Old 02-15-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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how do I get started jumping? My horse is almost 3 and I was interested in maybe getting him started. Do I work with poles first? Or what? I've seen him playing with our other horses and he launches himself in the air and stuff and gets some pretty good air. He's a very smart boy, and loves doing things, so I think once he gets it he'll love it. But im just not sure where to start
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-15-2010, 03:21 PM
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do you know how to jump ?

I would start out just going over one pole, and then when that is going perfectly start a set of trot poles.

You could also free jump him over a small jump.

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-15-2010, 03:30 PM
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how do I get started jumping? My horse is almost 3 and I was interested in maybe getting him started. Do I work with poles first? Or what? I've seen him playing with our other horses and he launches himself in the air and stuff and gets some pretty good air. He's a very smart boy, and loves doing things, so I think once he gets it he'll love it. But im just not sure where to start
Any suggestions?
0_0 Why don't you just start with regular ground training. You will damage your horse if you start that young. Not to mention at three, your horse should be just getting trained, so riding (and health) wise your horse would never be ready.


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post #4 of 12 Old 02-15-2010, 03:52 PM
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jumping at 3 is way to young. Start at 5 or 6.

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-15-2010, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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oh! Okay! I wasn't sure if I should start or not, I am doing ALLOT of ground training because that is how I work, I was just curious if I should be starting him on anything :P
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3 y.o should not be doing ANTYHING but learning how to go the correct way. Clean w/t/c , leads, lead changes, bending.. I wouldent even put a horse under 5 near even a x-rail.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-16-2010, 05:03 AM
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yeah I would get him started over some poles first so he can learn to get his striding right, then when it comes to poles off the ground he will know when and where to take off a bit better. Of course as the jumps get higher then the taking off point will alter, but horses are clever and he will learn fast. So do some trot poles, one stride per pole, then space then out again for his canter strides. Shorten them up a little so then he can learn to get a good boucey, jumping canter. You say he's nearly 3, is he broken? If not then lunge him over some poles and small jumps.

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At three, he should be learning basic flatwork. I think it's fine to start a horse over poles and crossrails at 4, but I wouldn't jump much over 2'6" until 5.

Since he's three, if you truly want to do this, you have time to takes lessons on a trained horse yourself while he's growing up and learning his job.

Trying to teach a young horse a skill that you have no previous experience with is not a recipe for success.
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I would not start a 3 year old Jumping! He is Way............ too young to jump. You could trot him over poles but don't jump him! I would contact a trainer to help you!
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-16-2010, 01:06 PM
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I am agreeing with people above, don't jump him at three. Ground work is most important.

My horse is 4 and we just started jumping and working with ground poles. He doesn't jump very high nothing above 2ft. We also don't jump very often maybe 1-2 times a week. Keep it simple!

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