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post #1 of 6 Old 11-28-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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How will I know when I'm ready to jump?

I have been riding for about 5 years now, but I don't own a horse, and I only go riding about once a month.
I have jumped before, but since then I have moved on to another horse. She's 14, and I'm not sure what breed... I'm thinking Quarter Horse though. She's really lazy with her walk and trot, but her canter is realllllly fast.
How will I know when I'm ready to jump on her? Should I ask my instructor (I don't want to be rude though.)? Also, I'm not sure if it's ME or my horse.
Sorry if I'm rambling.. It's hard to explain..
Thanks
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-28-2010, 08:38 PM
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Definetly talk to your instructor. It is never ride to just ask her when she thinks you can be jumping. Maybe she doesn't know you want to.

You don't want to jump until you can safely walk, trot and canter with good rhythm (steady and balanced, neither too fast or too slow) and get into "2-point" or half-seat position, out of the saddle, and hold it for a few minutes at least while trotting and cantering. Ground poles are a great idea for getting your horse used to adjusting stride and picking up her feet...correct distances vary horse-to-horse. How tall is your girl? Does she have a big stride? For the average horse (15-16 hands, normal stride length) you space poles at 4'3" to 4'6" to trot over them (start with a single pole and then when she can easily trot and canter over it you can add more) and for the canter you usually space them at 9 feet. If she has a really big or short stride, though, you might want to add or subtract a few inches.

Also if you want to post a video here we can help you figure out what seems "off" about your riding.

Hope this helps! :)

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-28-2010, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Definetly talk to your instructor. It is never ride to just ask her when she thinks you can be jumping. Maybe she doesn't know you want to.

You don't want to jump until you can safely walk, trot and canter with good rhythm (steady and balanced, neither too fast or too slow) and get into "2-point" or half-seat position, out of the saddle, and hold it for a few minutes at least while trotting and cantering. Ground poles are a great idea for getting your horse used to adjusting stride and picking up her feet...correct distances vary horse-to-horse. How tall is your girl? Does she have a big stride? For the average horse (15-16 hands, normal stride length) you space poles at 4'3" to 4'6" to trot over them (start with a single pole and then when she can easily trot and canter over it you can add more) and for the canter you usually space them at 9 feet. If she has a really big or short stride, though, you might want to add or subtract a few inches.

Also if you want to post a video here we can help you figure out what seems "off" about your riding.

Hope this helps! :)
The horse I ride (her name is Tara) is about 15.5 hands high, and when she's not being lazy, she has a pretty long stride.
I think I'll talk to my instructor when I see her again. I'm doing jumping exercises now, and I can hold a two-point for a few minutes.
Thanks for your advice It really helped!
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-28-2010, 08:50 PM
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I'm glad. :) Ya, your instructor is usually the best person to talk to about anything related to your riding and your horse...second opinions are great too, but she knows you, your horse, and can help you figure out what is going wrong.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 09:38 AM
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I agree, ask your instructor. I usually have my girls start over fences once they are comfortable cantering and can two point at least one lap around the arena. That said, my lesson horses are very calm over fences and will trot before and after unless you MAKE them canter, lol.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-29-2010, 05:51 PM
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Yeah, ask your instructor. As long as you have a good seat and balance (which you probably do) your ready! (-:
I love jumping, im sure you'll really enjoy it its so fun! x
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