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post #1 of 28 Old 10-15-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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I always wanted to learn jumps, (I'm riding tomorrow!) I'm more of a western girl then english. So I don't have a english saddle, but I can still jump with western. (I saw people do it before). Any tips? I know most of the basic of jumping. I can jump about a foot an half without losing any balance or anything. Yeah not high but better then nothing. :)
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post #2 of 28 Old 10-15-2010, 10:03 PM
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Don't jump in a western saddle. A) it's heavy on the horse's back B) you can't get into a proper two point position and C) it restricts the way the horse's back moves so again, it hurts the horse's back. If you want to learn how to jump, get a good coach, that's the best and safest advice anyone's going to give ya :)

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Don't jump in a western saddle. A) it's heavy on the horse's back B) you can't get into a proper two point position and C) it restricts the way the horse's back moves so again, it hurts the horse's back. If you want to learn how to jump, get a good coach, that's the best and safest advice anyone's going to give ya :)
Ok, I had a western coach. I'm good at barrel racing and I was learning roping too. Thanks for the tips but I have no money for a coach...
I used to jump small logs bare back.
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Running barels and roping are completely different from jumping. Any time you jump the danger of riding goes up, even over small obsticals. Please be careful...

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I will. Not because of me but the horses. :)
Barrel racing is dangerous too. If you turn to sharply the horse and you could tip over, bad bad...
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Yeah, but is that as bad as the horse hanging a leg on the jump because they couldn't get their back lifted enough and flipping completely over the jump like a somersault, probably breaking a leg, their back, or neck, and crushing the rider?

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I use to jump, but it's been about a year. Because my coach was only western and I got into barrel racing (Which I am good at).
I'm riding today with a friend in a hour and I was thinking would it be okay if I set up log to walk over to get the feeling of it again?
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I always wanted to learn jumps, (I'm riding tomorrow!) I'm more of a western girl then english. So I don't have a english saddle, but I can still jump with western. (I saw people do it before).
Just because you saw someone do it doesn't mean that it's ok. Not only is jumping in a western saddle bad for the horse, but it's bad for you as well. First, when riding western your sturrips will be to long to properly get you off the horses back to allow the horse the freedom of movement it needs to jump. The horn on a western saddle is a bad thing when jumping. You get left behind of your horse refuses or you come down wrong it's going to hurt. Trust me. Been there done that.



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I use to jump, but it's been about a year. Because my coach was only western and I got into barrel racing (Which I am good at).
This contradicts your first post. Trust me, learning to jump the correct way is worth it. I used to jump my mare in the pasture over any random thing I could. It ended with both me and her getting hurt. She's not trained to jump. Neither was I. I didn't think I could afford lessons, but after a search I am now taking jumping lessonsn and I love it. It has taught me to be a better rider in so many ways. Not only am I learning how to jump, but it's improved my flat riding. I ride western. I only ride english every now and then and at lessons. And I'm increasing the amount of knowledge I have about the horse world. So worth it.



Offer to work off your lessons. You could clean stalls, tack, barns, groom horses, feed, water. You could excersize horses (if your instructor needs it). There is a place out there that you will be able to ride at. Alot of people love slave labor. Lol.

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I'd rather see someone jump bareback than Western if they don't have an English saddle.
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^exactly. Work off lessons if you need, but don't go out there and jump and not expect to get hurt at some point. The well trained people get hurt and dumped on the ground and its only scarier for the rest of us to watch as people who think they know what they're doing from observing crash around a course. Seriously, I've seen the horrors of jumping, I've lived some of them, and I'd never put that one someone who has a chance to stop it before it happens

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