Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
Just starting some jumps... tips?
I'm starting my pony, Bandit, jumping a bit on a lunge line. It's more or less just something to keep his mind occupied, because he gets so bored with just lunging, but I don't really have any idea how to go about it.
I've never done any jumps on a horse, so I'm not particularly sure how I'm supposed to convince him to jump and not just go around it or step over it.
Right now, I just have some little logs that I figured he could hop over without too much damage, and he isn't too bad about jumping them, but as soon as I give him anything higher, he gawks and swerves around it. I tried putting a barrel on the outside of the 'jump' to give him a sort of barricade, and he just swerves in toward or stops and steps over it.