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post #1 of 3 Old 11-16-2011, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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How to Work a Horse Up a Height

Okay, since I got my first question out of the way, making sure she has the ability to safely go higher, how do I go about moving her up? A friend of mine who doesn't have a trainer moved her horse up too fast and it tore a muscle. Now, I don't plan on doing ANYTHING too fast, so that wont be an issue. When I school o/f the jumps are anywhere from trotting poles and 18" cross rails to 2'9" triple bars. I want to move her up to completing a solid 3' course, but I usually only add one 3' in every once in a while. How do I move her up without rushing? When courses are set up to a consistant height, it's usually 2'6"-2'9" area. Also, what kind of flat work would help? I already do a lot of circles and serpentines at the trot and canter and we have out simple and flying lead changes down pat. She can turn on a dime and can jump a 2'6" jump from virtually a standstill. So, what's next?

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what i did with my boy...
i free jumped him to get a base idea of raw talent. that same day i decided to keep him on trial with me for 30 days. we hacked 5 days and jumped 2 days a week. I started him around 2'6"-2'9" to get his fitness up and to get him thinking about what jumping was all about. After that initial 30 days, i bought him.

About 3 months of solid flat work / balanced jumping, i moved him up to a more consistent 3ft range... however, now my trainer schools him 2 days a week, i jump him in a lesson on saturdays, and i hack/lunge/ground work him the other 3 days.
Now that he's been with me about 5 months, we are jumping 3'3"-3'6" about twice a month.

Are you currently working with a trainer?

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what i did with my boy...
i free jumped him to get a base idea of raw talent. that same day i decided to keep him on trial with me for 30 days. we hacked 5 days and jumped 2 days a week. I started him around 2'6"-2'9" to get his fitness up and to get him thinking about what jumping was all about. After that initial 30 days, i bought him.

About 3 months of solid flat work / balanced jumping, i moved him up to a more consistent 3ft range... however, now my trainer schools him 2 days a week, i jump him in a lesson on saturdays, and i hack/lunge/ground work him the other 3 days.
Now that he's been with me about 5 months, we are jumping 3'3"-3'6" about twice a month.

Are you currently working with a trainer?
No, I haven't had a trainer since March, but I take a lesson once in a while.. I took one in June and one in October. The latest one (oct) the trainer didn't see too much wrong with me, except my hands dropping at the canter. But I don't pick up too many bad habits, I guess. xP I've been riding all my life, and know what I'm doing when jumping. Anyone who knows me knows I wont do ANYTHING I think may be harmful to my horse or if I'm not sure how to go about something. I just don't want to throw her at a height that she's not ready for.

I was thinking a course with a 2'6" jump in it, mostly 2'9" and then add two 3' jumps and just gradually add in more 3' until the singles turn into lines then a full course.

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