How did you start jumping?

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    02-10-2011, 02:21 PM
Green Broke
How did you start jumping?

So,I randomly decided to jump my horse last night of a criss cross jump I made. I will be honest.I do not have good position and my horse and I suck. I plan on getting some lessons but decided to jump my horse over a 1 ft jump if that to see if I even liked it.I had good balance and didn't fall off. I kept my reins short on the neck and held onto the mane to make sure I wouldn't pull at her mouth. Surprisingly she did not hesitate over the jumps untill it started getting dark where it was hard to see.

I was wondering what made you begin interest,did you start young,did you have a trainer right away or did you try it to see if you liked it? Is 2 point hard for you to learn? I tried 2 point and I felt like a jockey with longer stirrups.
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    02-10-2011, 03:20 PM
I remember watching a movie when I was about 10 on showjumping and I was lik "WOAH Im sooo doing that!".
But I had to wait a while, I only had a 2 year old GB filly.
But when I started it was a pole on the found. I am self taught, never had a lesson in my life
    02-10-2011, 03:35 PM
Green Broke
So you taught yourself to 2 point? I want to work on that. I don't know if I'm doing it correctly. I think my horse likes it.I jumped in a western saddle and flew over the horn and onto her neck and busted my head on her poll...since then I have been scared to but last night I decided that I was going to do it even if I fall but I didn't and Gidget took care of me. I then trotted in a 2 point position and cantered that way also but again I don't know if I was doing it correctly.
When you jump I see people with their feet pointed you want them turned in?
    02-10-2011, 03:56 PM
Yes you want them turned in, it gives you more leg stability. And second thing, don't jump in a western saddle, it is to hard on the horses back not to mention it is not made for it. There is no point practicing 2 point in it as it is not made for it and it doesn't put you in the correct postion for it. And the horn hurts to land on. Try and AP instead.
    02-10-2011, 06:19 PM
Green Broke

I did try it once before...thats in the western saddle. I now ride english and jumped in my AP last night since my accident. Never again in a western saddle.
    02-10-2011, 06:57 PM
I've taught myself up to this point, I switched over from a life-long Western gal to an English rider a year ago and started jumping a bit with my gelding last spring. My position isn't great but it's functional, and before I jump Excel I'll start lessons.
    02-10-2011, 08:02 PM
I always wanted to jump. One day I went to horse camp, they turned me towards a jump and said "look at me and kick." I looked at the person and kicked. Horse jumped. Weeee. Now I'm doing a liiiittle more than that before jumps.
    02-10-2011, 08:21 PM
I remember for the first 4 years of my riding, all I did was flat english, and maybe a crossrail and pole here and there. When the time came, the trainer I was riding with at the barn (there are multiple "lesson givers" at my barn, but the main trainers are the owners) left because of family problems, so I switched to super-equitation-huntery main trainer, Kathy. Going from doing crossrails occasionally, to doing 2 foot to 2'6 courses is SUPER scary for an 11 year old girl! Ever since then, I've been jumping, competeing at AQHA and local hunter shows, and showing at the top AQHA shows in the nation. Thanks to my trainers for making my horse and I congress champions(:

Everything happens for a reason!
    02-10-2011, 08:39 PM
I got bored riding western and told my parents I wanted to switch to riding english.

So we found a barn with english instructors in my area, the one I liked best happened to be an eventing instructor, and thus my love affair with jumping began.

To be quite honest, I think jumping is one of those things you really shouldn't be trying to learn on your own. Too much can go wrong (not that a lot can't go wrong in other disciplines, but in others you're not leaving the ground for the most part). Just my opinion.
    02-10-2011, 08:43 PM
I was western and my coach made me try jumping and I fell in love with it!!!!!! Certainly cross-country !!! Just can't get anofe of it ;)

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