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post #81 of 84 Old 01-27-2011, 10:44 AM
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At my barn, your horse has to be over 6 years old (they prefer them to be 7, but it really depends on the individual horse), and that's about it.
We're not supposed to ride unless we have a parent or guardian (someone over 16, pretty much, or someone who could at least call and get help for you if you fall. If the person is under 18, they usually prefer them to have horse experience, i.e. my 16 year old sister could come and supervise because she has worked with horses) or you are riding with at least 3 other people.

I always was under the impression that the person supervising was there so if you fall and get hurt, someone can catch your horse, hold them steady and get you help. Not necesarily preventing a fall, but helping afterwards.
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post #82 of 84 Old 01-27-2011, 12:00 PM
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I think it's wise for all riders to get approval from a professional before trying to jump, regardless of whether it's required at their barn. Better safe than sorry. If you don't know what you're doing, you need to have some guidance, lest you end up harming yourself or your horse.

Although I admit I did set up a little cross rail one time and popped over it when my coach wasn't there. I'm sure I did it wrong, but I was dying to know what jumping felt like.

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post #83 of 84 Old 01-27-2011, 08:07 PM
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my opinion its just mainly for insurance and safety i guess. but i would have been aggravated to no end if i ever rode at a barn that didn't allow jumping unless in a lesson or supervised. i can understand if you're leasing or riding a horse that belongs to the barn, its totally up to the owners decision then. i used to take lessons at a barn, but you also had the option to ride without an instructor during the week also. but you had a maximum height you could jump alone. which i felt was totally fine. but if i were to board my own horse at a facility that wouldn't allow me to jump unless supervised, i would not board there. there are quite a few barns that are doing this in my area though.
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post #84 of 84 Old 01-28-2011, 01:53 AM
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How do you feel about it?

I think at my barn, which is smaller, it's more of a case-by-case basis. I feel it's a good rule for minors and beginners. If it's an adult who doesn't train with the BO (who is also the trainer at my barn), and has their own horse, I think it's a little too much in their business, unless it's an absolutely dangerous situation. If it's an adult who does not, I definitely think approval should be necessary.

Do you feel it's more for the rider or for the horse?

I think it really could go both ways. Sometimes it's one way around, sometimes it's the other.

When do you feel a horse is ready to jump?

When they are balanced, responsive, and comfortable at a w/t/c with a rider, and after they have been trotting/cantering ground poles and cavaletti to the point they are balanced and comfortable over them.

When do you feel a rider is ready to jump?]

Much like the horses - when they are balanced and comfortable (and in control) at a w/t/c and over ground poles and small cavaletti.

Do you feel that this rule has been enforced and is effective?

I feel like my BO enforces it well enough. I don't think there's a clear written in stone rule, but I think she uses good judgment on a case-by-case basis.
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