Interested in teaching my horse and myself to jump

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Jumping

Interested in teaching my horse and myself to jump

This is a discussion on Interested in teaching my horse and myself to jump within the Jumping forums, part of the English Riding category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-21-2011, 04:31 AM
Interested in teaching my horse and myself to jump

I'm not completely new to jumping...I used to jump when I was younger but it's been quite a while and I've never done tried it with a horse that hadn't already been trained to jump.

I have a 5 year old quarter horse/thoroughbred cross who's currently only been ridden (to my knowledge) in the western style.
I myself, am out of practice when it comes to riding english however it is the discipline I was raised with so I'm HOPING it comes back to me. Unfortunately alot of the terminology is lost on me now :(

In the mean time I have a couple of questions regarding teaching a horse to jump.
1.) Is it best to lunge the horse or work without a line?
2.) What movies/books could I get to help me get started?
3.) Do you need to start with an english saddle when he's ready for me to jump with him or could I start with a western saddle and then work into an english saddle?

Is there any advice anyone could share to help me get started?
I'm hoping to eventually get into competitions with him, but I want to start from the beginning since this will be all new to him and I want to make the transitions as easy on both of us as possible haha.
Thanks so much!
Sponsored Links
    03-21-2011, 05:41 AM
Green Broke
Well you would want to start with trot poles that's for sure :)

I'm not to sure about any good books or movies, maybe invest in some lessons

I think you could jump in a western saddle, but wouldn't it hurt?, theres the horn and if you lean forward you will get that straight in your gut
    03-21-2011, 07:14 AM
A newbie jumping and a newbie horse jumping doesn't mix. Start on an old school master and work your way up I know you said you have jumped before but that was a while ago. I would get back into it again and build your way up to teaching your horse. I would jump in an english saddle. Also get a few lessons maybe??

Good luck!!
    03-21-2011, 07:27 PM
101 Jumping Exercises is a good book for bringing both horse and rider slowly into jumping. Just be honest with yourself about when you're ready to move onto the next exercise.
    03-22-2011, 12:46 PM
I agree with myboypuck, and also recommend that you budget for some jumping lessons for yourself and some training sessions for your horse. Even if it is just once a month, it will make a HUGE difference. Jumping is something (imo) that you should work with a professional on for safety reasons - and having a lesson even every so often will give you valuable feedback on both you and your horse with regards to position, form, and technique. Good luck!
    03-22-2011, 12:51 PM
See this thread:

Helmets and injuries - some studies (LONG!)

The numbers are not high quality, but jumping involves a lot more risk than riding on the flat. I wouldn't advise taking it up on an untrained horse without at least taking some lessons to reduce your risk. Not saying you shouldn't jump, just that lessons would reduce your chance of serious injury.
    03-23-2011, 10:52 PM
A western trained horse SHOULD be able to do anything just as good as an englished trained one [and vise versa]. Sure, an english saddle might be a tad bit more comfortable to jump in, but if you don't mind the horn than anything is possible. In western trail classes students usually have to jump over obstacles.
I use natural horsemanship methods, which is amazing with jumping. I've never ridden a jump, but my boy will jump over them pretty great. (I am not comfortable with riding him yet, I have ridden plenty of other horses, though.) The training pretty much is "you will go over whatever obstacle that is in front of you because you trust me to know you are safe" sort of thing. Whether it is poles on the ground, or barrels, if I point my horse in that direction I'd expect him not to give a second thought to it unless their is any immidiate danger. (Like do not jump off a cliff, for example.)

When I start working with jumping I would lunge the horse with me on the ground. Then start encorperating jumps into it. First small poles, then maybe tubes, then maybe sideways tipped barrels, and then actual jumps or even larger logs. For movies and books just go on the internet and watch videos on youtube. Look up natural horsemanship jumping because it will give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

With the saddle, you can start introducing it during lessons. First day just let him sniff it, set it on his back and take it off again. The next day actually sinch it up, walk him around (with you on the ground) and take it off. The third lesson should be a good chance to start working with the new saddle. Do the lunging (with you on the ground) and have him trot around, get the feel. Maybe even try some jumps or poles. Fourth day, if he's taking to it well, lay on him a bit with that saddle on. Maybe get up on him and ride him around a bit. Nothing too vigorous. You can just keep on switching to the english saddle from there.
I hope things go well! I am no proffessional jumper, seeing as I have never even ridden a jump. But I'm pretty good with teaching things from the ground up. I'm sure if I hopped on my horse and tried to jump him I'd fall off by my own error. XD

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
teaching to jump? Countrylady1071 Horse Training 7 02-11-2011 09:43 AM
teaching a gaited horse to jump ? gypsygirl Horse Training 12 04-29-2010 07:41 PM
Teaching a horse to jump not run through jumps? paint gurl 23 Horse Training 37 01-31-2010 11:56 PM
when is it too soon to start teaching a green horse to jump? Colesonfire Horse Training 6 08-26-2009 06:46 PM
Teaching my horse to jump-critique? horseloverd2 Jumping 24 07-01-2009 03:11 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:50 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0