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    11-27-2010, 09:13 PM
free jumping set up

Hi guys - I thought I could get some opinions on the best way to set up some free jumps. We have just started my 4yo over some small fences, and even though she is extremely willing, she is confused as to what to do with her feet, so my trainer suggested free jumping her to let her figure out her body and long legs on her own. So back to my house to work we go. What equipment I have at home to do this with includes 10' jump poles, 6' jump standards, 6' poles, barrels, and cavaletti. I'm going to have to do it on the lunge line as I don't have a place big enough to free lunge her in and jump.

I am worried about getting the lunge line up and over what ever I am using on the inside to hold the pole up. I am also worried about her trying to go around the jump. I tried to lunge her over cavaletti in the past, and she spent more time going around than going over the poles. But when you are on her back and can tell her where to go, she goes over them with no issue and I'm worried that the same thing will happen again. How would you guys set this up? Thanks in advance
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    11-30-2010, 10:04 PM
Bump - does anyone have experience with this?
    11-30-2010, 11:44 PM
So in my terrible drawing... i'm trying to show the jump with two poles at the tops of each standard. When your horse (on the line) goes to jump the fence, your line will simply run up along the poles and over the tops of the standards! It's how we free jump our younger prospects because we don't own a high class jump chute.
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    12-01-2010, 09:46 PM
Thank you - I tried this technique, and only had one mishap with the lunge line. It looks like it will help my mare out, as the last two jumps she really used her body nicely. Cute little tuck and round. Then we stopped on a good note.
    12-01-2010, 11:35 PM
Sounds fabulous! How high is she jumping??
    12-02-2010, 01:45 AM
Trying not to hijack the tread....
A quick question.....

How do you set up free jumping??? Do you have a smallish arena with jumps on the "wall" and then let the horse free lunge over them?? I've seen pictures of horses free jumped but I can't for the life of me figure out how to set it up and actually get the horse TO jump??
    12-02-2010, 01:52 AM
The most ideal way for a horse to free jump is exactly that... free.
The jump chute invites the horse to canter down and as he/she jumps through, the fences get bigger and bigger.
They have to be focused in a forward momentum without the ability to duck out or slam on the breaks. Jump chutes can be pretty dangerous if they're not built correctly. I've seen Stallion tests go terribly wrong with crashes and accidents in a crappy chute.
Best alternative is to just do the basic free jumping over a vertical or oxer on the long line.

    12-02-2010, 02:26 AM
I free jump my horse ALL the time. It helps with his form and confidence. He had no jumping experience what so ever before he came to me and I've free jumped him almost 4ft.
I taught him voice commands before I did this though. It helps a LOT for me. I also try to follow him so he won't come into the middle and go around it. I do not use a chute. I just put a pole on the standard guiding him to it.
    12-02-2010, 01:12 PM
I usually make a chute using standards and jump poles on one side and using the wall on the other side. Once the horse gets the hang of what they are supposed to do, its really easy to get them down it
    12-07-2010, 05:46 AM
But how does the horse not go ’i'll just go around there or stop and stand there looking at you like your an idiot’?
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