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        10-18-2010, 09:58 AM
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
    Oh I don't even want to think about it... I have a friend that competes at intermediate, one that is going to move up to prelim, and three that are moving up to training. Watching them is so scary for me! Even though I know they're all completly capable riders, it still scares me! Lol
    The jump I flipped over was barely 2ft, I had a friend's horse and we were training over some little jumps at my pony club and another rider came flying straight past the jump as we were about to take off and the horse I was on spooked, half stumbled and tried to jump. He caught the rail between his legs and went head over heels. Nobody knows how he managed to twist so he didn't land on me.
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        10-18-2010, 08:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Oh wow that's insane!!!!
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        10-30-2010, 10:13 AM
    Just to echo everyone else:
    DON'T jump in a western saddle, one of my friends did for about a year and her horse got a bad back condition.
    Jumping bareback isn't that bad, i've jumped a foot in bareback and it was really fun!
    Can you borrow an english saddle off one of your friends?
    Learn how to jump, though, because it's so worth it! I'm doing 3'6 now and I love it!
        10-31-2010, 04:14 AM
    Just a question for all the experienced jumpers... Can you do very small jumps in a dressage saddle?

    I have previously jumped (only small jumps like rasied logs maybe to 40cm high - little!) on school horses. Then I go my boys and haven't jumped since. (I'm much more confident on a school horse for some weird reason... think it's just cos I expect them to be bombproof and have done everything).

    One of my boys has previously jumped successfully but has a long term hip problem so I haven't jumped him. And my newer boy is OTT so haven't jumped him.

    But, I do want to start teaching him to jump, will start slow with trot poles, build to small logs for him to free jump etc... But, will I need to go and buy a jumping saddle or will a dressage saddle do for the mean time while jumping only very small heights?

    And yep, I'm in the process of finding an instructor - however haven't yet successfully found ANY within two hours that do jumping. Meeting a new one tomorrow though so will ask her too - she's only 1.5hrs away!
        10-31-2010, 07:09 AM

    I wouldn't do much more than trot poles in a dressage saddle. You will not be able to maintain a correct two point position, or shorten your stirrup to the correct length.
        10-31-2010, 07:36 AM

    Okay, thanks for that... But an All Purpose would do yeah? Although if I'm going ot buy an AP I may aswell just get a jump saddle instead...
        10-31-2010, 03:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah, don't jump in a dressage saddle, the cantel is also too high and catches your bum.....
        11-04-2010, 10:28 PM
    Soon, I will being start training my mare again. I would was have already but I was outcountry on vacation. So I will started my are on walking over logs, is that a good start?

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