Originally Posted by equiniphile
^^That's why our 4-H horse show at the fair only permits entries to the jumping classes for those that have taken the project "learning to jump" as their 4-H project for that year. Prevents a ton of injuries, as they put that rule in place right after people started entering horses in 2' working hunter classes....horses that had never seen a jump before in their lives. A few riders got injured pretty bad.
Our 4-H requires that you be an advanced rider to jump, and you have to be certified. An approved trainer has to watch you ride (at the 4-H jumping clinic) and IF and ONLY IF you are safe, they will certify you.
Even with being certified, there is a LOT of scary and bad jumping. It's better to learn the RIGHT way first and save yourself from getting hurt later.