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        08-15-2009, 11:07 PM
    How Do you Know??

    Ive been working with a more that was origionally trained then she sat in a field for 6 years with nothing to do. Weve been working for 5 months or so, and she's doing wonderfully. I've been working her over poles (small x's) and over very low jumps. She loves it!! Its hard to get her to stop, shell run around and go over them again if I let her. Im very ready to move up with her, but I'm not sure she's ready. I've jumped 2'3 many times, and i'm getting bored working 6 inchers. How do I know she's ready for more? Im scared im going to move it up when she's not ready, and then tragidy would strike. I don't want anything to happen to her!!! Am I just being silly here or is there somthing I can watch for that tells me that she's ready and has the muscle and balance she needs?
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        08-16-2009, 10:11 AM
    I would say if she is balanced on her flat work (going both ways...everything is routine...she can w, t, c nicely both ways). If you have gotten to the point where trotting jumps (or cantering them if you have gotten there)...she stay slow and consistent to the base..stays straight and comes back nicely after the jump, then to go ahead and move up a little bit...just do it slowly and bring her back down if it seems like it is too much for her. Start by trotting the jumps and then move her up to cantering them. Good luck!
        08-18-2009, 12:59 PM
    You can always try her on the lunge or free schooling her over higher jumps - the you can see what she's like going over them
    If I'm ever unsure about doing something on a horses back, I don't hesitate to do it on the lunge first

    higher, jump, move

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