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  • how high is jumping 2'9

View Poll Results: Do you think my horse can jump 3'?
yes he could have the potential 17 77.27%
no I dont think you should...or not a good pic to tell. 5 22.73%
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    11-01-2010, 06:03 PM
  #11
Trained
He's a nice looking horse. He's put together well for jumping. His back is bit long, but you're not planning on jumping the moon, so it shouldn't be an issue. You do need to secure your lower leg before moving up to bigger stuff, but then you already know that. Lots of gymnastics will help you secure your leg and your horse work on his form. A great exercise is 2 or 3 crossrails set 9' apart. Your job is to get your horse straight to the jumps and do nothing but release and hold your 2 point position while your horse handles the jumping, and ride straight out.

As for your friend, it's her horse. As others said, it's relative. Some of us warm up over crossrails and move onto 2' verticals. Others warm up over fences that would scare the crap out of some of us, but it's perfectly normal for them. Hopefully regardless of height, your friend will restrict her jumping to 2 days a week tops.
     
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    11-01-2010, 06:24 PM
  #12
Foal
Thank you for that input I was going to do the exact same thing. And as far as my friend...she loves her horse and they are perfect I just didnt want him to get hurt which he probably wont.
     
    11-09-2010, 01:02 AM
  #13
Yearling
I rode a huge foundation quarter horse in the jumpers. He was pretty awkward... but we did the 3 foot jumpers without a second thought.
Also... I told my trainer that I only wanted to be doing the 3 foot jumpers and nothing more. But I bought my warmblood in september, and now we're schooling 3'9". Trust me, you may say you're stopping at the low 3's... but you'll find yourself chasing the height, the challenge, and the adrenaline.
     
    12-13-2010, 12:15 PM
  #14
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oxer    
i rode a huge foundation quarter horse in the jumpers. He was pretty awkward... but we did the 3 foot jumpers without a second thought.
Also... I told my trainer that I only wanted to be doing the 3 foot jumpers and nothing more. But I bought my warmblood in september, and now we're schooling 3'9". Trust me, you may say you're stopping at the low 3's... but you'll find yourself chasing the height, the challenge, and the adrenaline.
Totally agree with this xD
I used to be terrified of 2' jumps, mostly because my old trainer threw too much at me too fast, and even though she was a supposed "H/J" trainer, she had me kick the horse up as fast as she could canter to do the jump courses?? Idk. There were a lot of not so great things about that barn, and we no longer ride/board there anyways.
I used to even pretend I was sick or couldn't breathe or some random excuse so that I wouldn't have to jump with her. Not to mention, the horse she had me ride would throw a bucking fit every time you tried to get her moving again once you were at a halt.
I never ever thought I would want to go past 2' jumps when I was at that barn.
She wouldn't let us jump unless she was in the ring with us, so unless I was in a lesson, I got no other practice. My friend and I used to go hack out on the trails and make jumps out of logs on the straightaway to practice on, which really helped with my striding.

That said, now that I have Beau and I was the one who taught him to jump, and after we moved to a different barn where the trainer was very patient with us and my (somewhat less) fear of jumps, plus being able to jump whenever we wanted, lesson or not, we are now consistently jumping 2'6 and schooling up to 3' on my foundation bred QH :P
Or at least, we were back when I was still at that barn with the arena and jumps to use :P

Proof!
This jump was somewhere around 2'9.. although it doesn't look it. We measured it with a tape
Judging by this picture, it looks to me like we'd easily be able to go higher.. << >> *sneaks off to find jump materials*
     
    12-13-2010, 08:49 PM
  #15
Foal
Wow he is georgous thank you!!! My horse loves to jump we even had a horse physic come out and that's what she said. But anyways I have jumped him up to 2'6 with room to spare! My trainer said he could probably do 3 but said I should stay aroung the 2'3 2'6 in shows or it could be too much for him. But that's a cool looking jump! It looks higher than 2'9 :)
     
    12-13-2010, 09:10 PM
  #16
Foal
Here are some pics of my boy's confo.








     
    12-16-2010, 03:23 AM
  #17
Weanling
Pretty much any horse/pony can jump 3 ft - its really not that high for them - they just have to lift their feet up....

But in saying that just jump whatever height you are comfortable with - its nice to have something to aim at.. but theres no hurry - you will find that you will end up with a much more secure seat if you move up when youare ready for it
     
    12-16-2010, 08:20 PM
  #18
Foal
Yes im just sticking to the low jumps for now. I will not compete at that height I just know that my boy has the potential...but he does not think he does. I want to build his cofidence in jumping. He refused a 2'3 2'6 crosrail today....yet he does not like cross-rails for some reason :P if every horse can jump 3 then he has no excuse...i can't free jump him because he wont do it unless I jump it with him. Any ideas? Lol and I have to work on my position also.
     
    12-16-2010, 08:35 PM
  #19
Foal
Hi there, im from the uk, but I agree with most the posts on here, I do have a horse similiar build to yours and I jump him once a week when the weather permits, I have had him jumping 5 bar gates etc I jumped him round a big course couple months back the 2 highest been 4'9 but majority the time I keep to around 3' as that's mainly the height I compete at and feel this is his comfortable height, I do think if you know your horse well you can tell when is good and when to stop
     
    12-16-2010, 08:52 PM
  #20
Green Broke
In my experience, its not the people who jump high that ruin their horses but the people who jump too often. When I had my previous horse I would jump heights maybe once a week, and might do low caveletti type grids on another day.

I don't know your friend and their horse, but I wouldn't be worried about the height they are jumping.

I notice in your pictures you seem to be bracing a lot, practice doing low grids and lots of two point position. I don't see any reason your horse won't be able to jump 3ft or higher but make sure you have the correct training and experience. In my experience horses don't often refuse jumps because they don't want to jump but because either the rider is hesitant or doesn't set it up right. Make sure your horse has appropriate striding, positioning and that you are riding him for the jump.
     

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