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    11-22-2008, 01:59 AM
just starting out

Hey I ride western like barrels and poles and stuff but I want to teach my horse to jump just for pleasure not to be entered in shows but like if we go on a trail and there's a log or something so we don't have to go around it. I know how to jump i've done it I just don't know how to teach my horse to jump. I have no idea if he has ever done it before we barely know anything about his past. Is there anything special I need to do?
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    11-22-2008, 03:25 AM
I would start with some trot poles, & little things like that. Then work your way up gradually. Trot the jumps first; or you could always just let him walk over them (or you could also lead him over them) to get used to 'em.
    11-22-2008, 04:13 AM
Yeh horses know how to jump naturally... maybe just free lunge him over a couple x's and see how he is then try jumping when you're on
    11-22-2008, 04:22 AM
I trained my horse to jump aswell, all you really need to focus on is that you have a really good seat before you start. Because wen ur teaching them you never really know what ther goen to do. Also if your worried start with leading, or longeing over the poles. If you get succes early on just don't jump ahead to soon or you will have even worse problems on your hands..
    11-23-2008, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the ideas I was actually going to start some ground poles tomorrow. Im going to ride him over the ground poles but when we start going higher ill lunge him over first.
    11-23-2008, 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by 3days3ways    
yeh horses know how to jump naturally... maybe just free lunge him over a couple x's and see how he is then try jumping when you're on
I agree..we just do recreational riding, but I do a lot of off the trail riding through the woods and I've never been on a horse that wouldn't just naturally jump a log in the way, and most seem to prefer jumping ditches, too, instead of walking through them.
    11-23-2008, 07:21 PM
Green Broke
Just make sure you don't hang your horse in the mouth with the bit when you first start teaching him. Most horses start out jumping REALLY big, even over little stuff, and if you get tossed off balance and catch yourself with your reins, you'll teach him that it hurts to jump and he won't want to do it. No matter how ugly it feels at first, make him comfortable. Grab mane if you need to...good luck!
    11-23-2008, 10:57 PM
When you are first riding him over a jump, get in your two point several steps in advance (you never know when he is going to take off)! Keep contact with the reins to make sure he's going to jump it and not run out. Then, a few steps before the jump, encourage him with your leg and voice and grab mane!
    11-25-2008, 10:46 PM
Ugh fell off today goodthing all we used was a haybale cause I hit it. He acted like he was going to do it then he stopped I flew off and onto the haybale then he jumped over alone. We just need more practice lol

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