Getting into jumping

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    04-24-2012, 04:43 AM
Getting into jumping

So my friends talked me into trying to train muss into jumping. She says he's got really good legs that would make him pretty good at it or something like that and she's going to help me with it. Tomorrow we are going to be just ding some basic trotting poles to begin with but I was wondering, has anyone got any tips?
I've jumped before, not large jumps just tiny things and not even done a jumping course so yeh its safe to say I have no experience really with it so any pointers at all? And yes, I will be eventually getting a trainer.
I've jumped muss over small things before sometimes and he does it very quiwtly, he hasnt done anything naughty after or before it but my confidence isnt up to scratch because of last year bad experience jmping. But yeh, does anyone have any tips?
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    04-24-2012, 05:16 AM
Your on the right track with doing trot poles. Once you are comfortably moving with those, you can raise one off the ground to incorporate the jump. Work yourself up to a single jump. Slowly and gradually increase the size once you are consistently clearing it and are maintaining a good position.
To get your legs muscles working, do a couple of laps around the arena w/t/c. That will help with being able to stabilize yourself over the jumps.

As you both are relatively new, give him a good deal of release so you don't pop him in the mouth when you land or if you get left behind. You don't want him going sour ;)
Grids will help teach him to tuck his knees up, so if you have someone experienced to help you, set one up and give it a go.

Take videos! While you are not working with a trainer, you can go and watch them, pick up on things that need to be fixed, and work on that next time.

Good luck and have fun!
    04-24-2012, 06:07 AM
Thanks for the tips, what are grids? Will defiently take videos plus I can always ask for some tips from you guys
    04-24-2012, 06:44 AM
Basically grids are a line of jumps and trots poles 1-2 strides apart. Here is a video so you can get an idea:
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