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    10-06-2012, 10:05 PM
First time jumping..

Hi guys! I've been riding Western since I was three, & I'm now 17. I've always wanted to jump, but I just now got a english saddle & a girth to fit one of my horses. I've jumped streams, mud, logs, etc in Western, no problem. This is new for both me & my horse, Smokey. He's a 16.1 hand, long legged, athletic Paint. I rode him in English today & he did really well at a walk & trot, which is all I did since the ground was mushy & wet.
Any tips to help me along?

Thanks. :)
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    10-06-2012, 10:08 PM
Please please take lessons. It is so worth it!!
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    10-06-2012, 10:24 PM
I wish I could, but I live in a part of TN where there is no english riding stables around. We only have a select few Western places who just offer trail rides & pony parties. :/
    10-06-2012, 11:13 PM
Paintgirl96, I understand youur situation and it is difficult but jumping is hard work for both youu and youur horse. For youur horse to be able to jump well youu will need to complete some basic dressage training to ensure that youur horse has the strength and free movement to compete in showjumping. It involves a lot more work than just cantering around and jumping a few jumps. Try to find someone that has some experience in showjumping and ask them for some tips and advice. Goodluck :)
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    10-07-2012, 12:18 AM
I always struggle with this situation - but jumping is an equine sport where you *really* do need someone with experience right there with you to give you real-time feedback to lessen the chance of injury. Jumping is a dangerous sport.
I'm sorry - I cannot in good conscience try to teach you how to jump over the internet; I will not hold myself morally liable for that. Please find someone in your area, or travel out to get lessons.
    10-07-2012, 02:36 AM
I've seen several western riders who decided they wanted to be jumpers minus the lessons who are, quite frankly, terrifying to watch. They just hop on and point the horse at the jump. They then crash down on their horse's back and yank on its mouth. I REALLY suggest finding someone who can properly teach you how to jump. I've been consistently jumping for about 3 years and I still have lots to work on.
    10-07-2012, 05:07 PM
I've jumped before, bare-back & western, actually been jumping around for six or so years. Just not consistently. I don't want to show jump, don't want to show in English. I just want to jump for fun here & there. He has great movement, side passes, has a easy mouth, & he's free jumped over 4 foot.
    10-07-2012, 05:18 PM
Free jumping means relatively little; some horses free-jump beautifully but can't get over 3' with any sort of grace, and others won't even bother free-jumping 2' but win the 1.20m classes.
Jumping is a dangerous equine sport; please consult a professional for real-time feedback. There is a reason nobody wants to try and help you over the internet - I.e. Nobody wants to be morally liable for you getting hurt when something is misinterpreted or your timing is off.
Just like I wouldn't start trying to cut cattle or rope without professional guidance... I'd be liable to get stuck with a horn or rope my own horse's foot...
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    10-07-2012, 05:55 PM
I understand where your coming from. But it's not like I haven't jumped before. I time the horses well & I've never fell off unless they refuse the jump. It's just I'm new to the English saddle. He tucks his knee's nice & has good scope over logs & fallen things on the trail.
    10-07-2012, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by paintgirl96    
& I've never fell off unless they refuse the jump.
That's the thing... even if a horse refuses, you should have a solid enough position to avoid falling. Of course sometimes you can't help but lawn dart, but this comment especially scares me.
I do wish you luck in your pursuit, but I'm sorry I cannot in good conscience try and teach you how to jump over the internet. Please, please find someone to take lessons from, or refrain from jumping anything more than a log on the trail till you can find lessons.
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