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    05-13-2012, 09:27 PM
Question Interested in jumping, where to start?

So I have been riding western for about 2 years now and I just got my first horse 9months ago. I rode English on and off for about 5 years before switching to western. I would like to teach my horse how to jump and don't know where to start he is a 6year old and a very quick learner. All tips and advice welcome
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    05-13-2012, 11:48 PM
What breed is he? Do you have a trainer?
    05-14-2012, 12:02 AM
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    05-14-2012, 08:35 AM
Moei, you said you rode English. Did you actually jump? If not, I'd suggest to take some lessons yourself on trained jumper to get a feeling and basics. Then start taking lessons with your own horse. Jumping is not just about getting over the jump - there are lots of elements to correct jumping, and without knowledge it's very easy to train incorrectly that will take forever to re-train.
    05-14-2012, 04:56 PM
He is a QH and I do have a trainer. When I rode english we had just started learning how to jump when I left. My current western riding instructor was a professional jumper so she has showed me the basics.
    05-14-2012, 04:57 PM
I also want to add the kind of jumping I want to do is Hunter over fences and I also want to do hunter on the flat (i was told my horse would be good at it).
    05-14-2012, 06:28 PM
Assuming you have some professional support, I would start slow. Begin with a simple pole on the ground. Walk and trot over it. From there move to trot poles. Eventually you can also canter over that one pole on the ground. And by eventually, I don't mean do all the above in one day. Spend several weeks on the above.

I really prefer the slow and steady method. Only once your horse is trotting and cantering over a variety of poles on the ground should you progress to any actual jumps.
    05-14-2012, 07:17 PM
Originally Posted by Moei    
He is a QH and I do have a trainer.
Great! As stated above I'd start nice and slow. Do lots of two-point (both - trot and canter): you want to get strong legs to be secure over the jump. We have some people here with lots of hunter experience, so hopefully they'll pitch in. :)
    05-14-2012, 10:10 PM
You should start out with having a trainer. Lounging your horse over small cross rails will get him ready to jump before he has a rider on his back. You should have a trainer train him for a while until he is sturdy enough and advanced enough to have a rider on his back while jumping. Starting off with private jumper lessons would be good, and don't start too high. 1-2Ft cross rails would be a good starting point.
    05-19-2012, 11:34 AM
I will not really be competing in big shows just the local fun shows where the jumps are only 18"-30" tall. We have been trotting and cantering over ground poles alot and have done a couple of small crossrails.

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