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post #1 of 6 Old 12-07-2008, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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How do you teach a horse to jump with a rider??
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-07-2008, 10:09 AM
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you could lunge him over jumps. start with caveletties. and poles. you could also free jump. but i don't think that is the best teaching method. ask your trainer, or experienced horsey person, they might be able to help. :)

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the way we did it was intruduce poles on the ground at all gaits, walk, trot and canter. but before you jump any higher, make sure the horse is balanced. then we would make a tiny, tiny cross rail and trot over that, possibly even walk if nessicary. then we would canter when he was comfortable with that. then as your horses form gets better, you can raise the hieght, always start at the trot when jumping a bigger jump. when his balance gets better, canter it, and so on, you see the pattern?

You could also do grid work to help improve your horses balance, stride, muscle etc. just ask for more info

You can't compare jumping a horse to flying...because jumping is WAY more fun!

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-08-2008, 07:34 PM
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There are lots of different opinions... But here's mine :]

Before you start pole work/any jumps, practise adjusting your horses gait/stride. See if you can push him forward into a longer trot/longer canter, and then bring him back again into a shorter stride. This is a skill you will definately need ater on when you start jumping courses/grids. The first thing I will do is lots of trot poles. Make sure they are at a good dustance for your horse, so he has to streth his stride just alittle. let him have a loose rein and find his way over the poles, and always keep him in the center. Make sure you keep your eyes up, and you can practise rising into your two point position over the poles, and absorbing the movement into your knees, and keeping your hands still. Once he is confident at trot poles, you can pick up your reinsa nd change the distances, asking him to shorten/lenghten the tro again. he will learn to watch where he puts his feet, and begin to judge distances. Once you can do all that quietly and confidently, you can raise the last pole in your series of trot poles up to a small crossrail. do all the excersizes you did as if it was just a pole. let him find his feet, and keep him centered and calm. Make sure you never jerk on his mouth, grab a hunk of mane if you need to keep your hands still. When he is confident with that, you can raise the crossrail a bit, or add in another one in front. When i'm teaching a horse to jump, I will always stick with gridwork for the first few months, ie. not just one jump, a few poles then a jump then another jump. Once you can trot a couple of small crossrails in a row, you can set up a crossrail with one pole in front about a strides distance. get him cantering balanced and calmy, then canter him through. the pole in front will make sure he takes of at the correct spot, making his first few jump from a canter easier until he learns to judge distance by himself. Once he can cnater a jumo comfortably, calmy and balance, you can set up another grid, this time just crossraisl and maybe a small vertical at the end. I like the pattern of 1-bounce-2-1 stride-3-2 strides-4, If you understand? Again it helps them learn distances and strides without having to rely on themselves so much. Throughout it all, make sure they stay in the center of the jumps and don't rush, lots of half halts. Once they can do this comfortable, you can start jumping related lines and small courses, and go from there!

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-08-2008, 07:35 PM
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Plus: Whenever you are teaching a horse to jump, make sure you keep a steady, even leg pressure into the jumps, and give an adequate release. most problems I see with horses learning to refuse/run out is the rider not driving them straight into the jump, or them getting a jab in the mouth going over.
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I agree with starting over poles first at the walk, trot and canter respectively. If your horse is afraid to go over them try leading him from the ground back and forth about 5 million times. Ok so I'm exaggerating. How many times you need to do it depends on how your horse responds. Do it until he's comfortable. Then try riding over it.

Once he's comfortable with that try raising one end of the poll up about 6 inches. Start walking over the lower end then gradually move towards the middle. Once he's comfortable walking over it, than trot and canter over the middle. At this point I'd also get into 2-point at least for the first couple of times in T and C in case he decides to hop over it. Again if he's nervous about it walk him over from the ground.

Now you're ready for a small crossrail. Follow the same steps as before. The only difference is during the walk you stay in the middle. Eventually you can move on to verticals. By then your horse should have enough confidence that you won't have to lead him over every new jump.

Remember, every horse is different and one person's method may not be perfect for every horse. So it's important that you have the supervision of someone experienced when teaching your horse new things. Good luck!
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