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post #1 of 11 Old 01-21-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question How many times a week should i jump?

I am starting to learn to jump now and I was wondering how many times a week should I jump?? I read sometimes about horses being worn out at an earliesh age from over jumping so I want to make sure I don't now or in the future!!

I am only jumping very small at about 40 cm (that is my starting point) and I would probably jump about ten times in one ride! I am on holidays( only two more weeks though:( ) so I would ride about 4-5 times a week on the same horse.If i'm not jumping I am going for a trail ride .....My mare I am jumping on is a 7 yr old thoroughbred who has done a little bit of jumping in the past at pony club!
also we don't do any comps or compete or anything

So how many times a week should I jump????


(sorry I am not very good at explaining things!)

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-21-2011, 07:04 PM
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I have an appendix, who I trained when he was 5. When I first got him, (he didn't jump) but him and I were both learning, so I rode literally every day (since he was a lunatic! No joke!) in draw reigns to get both of us used to eachother. Then, my trainer started him over fences (just basically teaching him to get over the fence) and I jumped every day. I wouldn't ride until he was dead, but just enough to where we were both understanding our job.

However, your horse doesn't sound green (lucky you!!). I would jump probably 2 or 3 times a week, and flatting the rest. Do a LOT of no stirrups (trust me, this makes your world 100% better!) The better your flat, the better the fences!

Good luck with your horse!(:
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okay thanx
What do you mean no stirups ?????

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okay thanx
What do you mean no stirups ?????
I mean drop your stirrups, and do your warm ups without them.

For example, when I first get on, I don't put my feet in the irons, and walk, posting trot, canter (with some lead changes in the middle). Whatever you do to warm up, do it without stirrups.

For the summer, my trainer actually takes the leathers off of our saddle completely so our legs are strong for the World Championships in August!
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oh okay thankyou I get what you mean sorry I am not the brightest spark anyway sure I will try that!! I know that I rode bareback for a bit and then rode with the saddle again and I found that my thighs were stronger so I get that this would help to!!! And are you riding in the world champs :0 !!

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oh okay thankyou I get what you mean sorry I am not the brightest spark anyway sure I will try that!! I know that I rode bareback for a bit and then rode with the saddle again and I found that my thighs were stronger so I get that this would help to!!! And are you riding in the world champs :0 !!
Yes, the AQHYA World Championship Show! Anyone who qualifies can go, and quite frankly, it's not hard to qualify haha!
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haha well GOOD LUCK you will have to tell me when you get back how you went!!! :):):):) and thanx again for the advice

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I agree with Justjump 2-3 times a week should be enough :)
Before you start jumping make sure you have warmed your horse up a bit 10-15mins.
You can try it without stirrups, but if your TBs trot is as bouncy as mine maybe you just want to practice sit trot for a while and then if you can't sit anymore have the stirrups there.
Also with cantering without stirrups,make sure you have a good seat before atempting this, as you may just topple off.

Good luck and have fun :)
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okay my TBs trot is smooth and comfortable so I think I will try it!!!

Thankyou heaps I will I am going for a ride in a few hours so I am going to try this all out!!

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okay my TBs trot is smooth and comfortable so I think I will try it!!!
haha lucky, Buzzs trot is like he is launching me off every stride lol, I have gotten used to it so I can sit it now... not that I like to lol
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