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        12-17-2008, 11:29 PM
    Aw how cute :]
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        12-21-2008, 01:51 PM
    Sorry just noticed you said he was working medium/elementry level dressage horses that have proper dressage training are normally fantastic to teach to jump cause they already know how to use themselves and often have a very defined bascule over their fences. So enjoy and keep us informed
    Dressage or good basics at very min are what a good jumper should start with. A horse that can't canter on a circle shouldn't in theory be a fantastic jumper till he is balanced enough to do that. All simple really but you would be amazed how many people freak out cause their "jumper" can't do a full clean tidy course, but dare ask it to canter in a dressage arena well it can't but yet they still question why it isn't doing so hot. Give your horse a foundation and you will be away laughing, also some good advise is keep it small and simple people often push to quickly and scare the horse, more so with horses that show heaps of promise at the start.
        12-21-2008, 05:17 PM
    Yep definitely agree with taking it steady... I like to show at maybe D grade, about 45/50cm, very small, for about three or four comps before I go any highger, then the same at the next grade. Just so they get super confident with any problems that may arise before they are jumping too high.
        12-21-2008, 06:30 PM
    Originally Posted by fedex    
    Flatwork should take up 75% of his training.

    Take him on trail if that's available, and walk uphill, trot downhill. Make sure the footing is stable, and don't let him rush. The purpose is to strengthen his back muscles and hindquarters so that when he jumps, he is using his "engine" and not his forehand.

    Talk to your trainer about a schedule. For my horse, it is a full on jumping school lesson once a week, and he is ridden 3 times in between.
    Ripley, another, has flatwork 4 days a week, light jumping each time. I'm talking about less than 3 foot verticals, and 4-5 circuits jumping it once. That said, Ripley is very seasoned and not showing lately, so it is easy and gentle for him. Jumping is just for fun for us (Ripley), while Maverick is in a critical training stage.

    Good luck!
    Wonderful answer! I second this!
        12-23-2008, 07:18 AM
    I haven't read the other posts..

    I' start by just doing excercises with poles and small jumps. Even if he can jump bigger it'll really help fitten him up and establish the basics so that's all down pat. Learn to judge your striding to the fences and ride to the take off point not the top pole.

    As you develop through your striding exercises and gradually increase the height of the poles and jumps he'll fitten up to the kind of workload your doing :)

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