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    07-17-2009, 05:11 PM
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Hello! I am intrested in treaching my mini to in-hand jump. She is only one right now so I know I can't get her jumping yet but is there anything I can do to get her ready for when that time comes? When CAN she start jumping? I don't have a lunge line or jumps. I am going to see he tonight so any quick advise is greatly appretiated. Also, when she is ready, what does in-hand jumping involve?

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    07-17-2009, 06:17 PM
Well a lunge line and a log or something to get her over would be helpful
But as long as she leads use a lead line and get her to jump a log, or a fallen post or something you can get her over.

We had a mini at my old barn that would jump in hand over almost anything you put in front of her, took her some urging the first few times but she got the hang of it.
Just be careful, jumping can bring out a whole new side of your horse, be prepared for a buck here and there from her, don't punish her for it unless she does it EVERYTIME, jumping may just feel good to her.
My TB will throw a buck on the trail after a jump =]

Good luck!
    07-17-2009, 10:46 PM
    07-17-2009, 10:58 PM
The mini shows do not allow anything under a 3 year old to jump and I usually start mine on small jumps for them to get the hang of it late in their 2 year old year and do not actually start training heavy until the next spring as a 3 year old. This way you know that the majority of the leg bones are set. Starting the mini to early can lead to leg or other bodily injury to the horse or cause their body to wear out faster than in would if you wait. If you want to jump AMHR the max hieght is 30" unless you get into a jump off competition then it can be raised to 36". The minimum is 12" and there is 4-6 jumps in a course. The horse is suppose to trot the course and is only allowed 3 canter steps after a jump before they start deducting points for it. If you have any questions feel free to ask or pm me!
    07-17-2009, 11:03 PM
I wouldn't start jumping untill at least late in her second year, but for now you could walk or trot her over poles to get her started
    07-18-2009, 12:38 PM
Okay. Thanks you everyone! She isn't registered so I don't think I can jump amhr or amha, but is will try in some other compititions!

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