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    02-12-2012, 09:43 PM
How high did you start?

When you first started jumping what height did you start at?
I have a 15hh mare that I would like to get into jumping with. We are currently working over trotting poles and caveletti. I did a little bit of jumping a while back with her but I would hardly even call them jumps haha.

So anyway what height did you start at? Any tips for me? Is there any ground work that I need to do before hand?
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    02-12-2012, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
Start with small cross rails with trot poles up to the small cross, make sure you go both ways evenly. From there when you are both ready go to a bit bigger... Have her go over small verticals and cross rails. Each horse takes to jumping differently and progress differently. Take your time, wear a helmet and if you can get a trainer out to help once in awhile. You know you can get alot of support and help with this here :) posting videos, keeping a training journal and always have someone out there with you when jumping. May sound dumb but last year met someone who was doing trot poles with her jumper in a lesson and her horse tripped she fell and broke her back in 5 places and had to take 2 years off and sell her horse! Be safe but have fun, take your time and lots of praise!

I have a 5 year old sport horse who was started over fences when I got him and mhe had about 4 months of under saddle work on him. He now has about 10 months and we are still working around the 2ft - 2'6 height area and we always go back and forth between trot poles. He is loving and and learning alot.

Good luck!
    02-12-2012, 10:00 PM
Thankyou very much! I will try that :)
    02-12-2012, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
Of corse! I can't wait to see how you guys do! Anytime you haves jumping question feel free to ask me, been jumping for 16 years I feel old now...started when I was 4 and am now 20 lol
    02-12-2012, 11:10 PM
Wow you have a lot of experience! Thankyou very much for helping I will defintly be coming to you with questions I am sure! Haha
    02-12-2012, 11:12 PM
Green Broke
:) this will be my first year back into the show ring! Yay so excited! Will be gng to some bigger shows then iv gone to before!
    02-12-2012, 11:16 PM
How exciting! Make sure you let me know how you go :)
    02-13-2012, 01:02 AM
I started by simply cantering poles (age 5). However, they were laid out in full courses just like jumps. This gave me the ability to canter up and find the distances before there was actually a fence to "jump". I then slowly moved from simple cross rails, to about 2'6". Our lesson horses weren't allowed to jump bigger than 2'6" so I never jumped much bigger until I bought my horse. I now do about meter twenty with my gelding. Which is more than enough for me. Haha!
    02-13-2012, 01:36 AM
I will try some cantering poles! Thankyou and wow 1 metre 20 hopefully I could jump that high one day .

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