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    11-11-2012, 07:07 PM
Question Low jumps

Okay, so my mare had to rest for maybe 3 weeks (give or take a day or two) and now we're coming back into work.

Since we need to take it slow, we started with poles and cavaletti(sp?)
Now we're moving onto really tiny jumps (our average before was around 2'3")

No matter how hard I try, there's no way to get her to jump anything this tiny. Which is about 1'

I was wondering what to do, because I can't go into a two point correctly because she's not jumping (she's not pushing me out of my seat) She's just picking her feet up.
I was working over an even lower jump today, and I tried waiting for her to push me up, and there was the tiniest bit, so I forced myself into a two point and treated it like it was a jump.

So should I just put myself into a two point like I would when she's jumping? Or should I continue posting?
We're working at the trot first. My trainer doesn't want us cantering to anything yet.

Thank you so much!!
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    11-11-2012, 07:17 PM
When the jump is really low, all you need to do is give her some release and follow her over the jump. You don't need to do more than you have to, so you can go in to two point on your own if it's easier, either way is alright.
    11-11-2012, 07:21 PM

I felt like I would teach her a bad habit if I was two pointing with her jumping.
But I guess not because it would be at the correct time, not like 4 strides before the jump! Haha
    11-11-2012, 07:25 PM
It sounds like she is just conserving energy over lower jumps. A lot of horses who are at least moderately experienced jumpers will not jump lower obstacles. Mine won't jump at a trot unless she is very forward or the jump is higher than 18 inches.
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    11-11-2012, 07:28 PM
Usually if it's a more interesting looking jump, she'll jump it low. But just poles she's won't jump. Not enough to look at I guess
    11-11-2012, 07:44 PM
Yep that sounds pretty normal. LOL if it's not scary, it's not worth the effort.
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    11-12-2012, 03:32 PM
Why don't you just raise the jumps higher ?
    11-12-2012, 03:47 PM
Because she injured her back and we need to build up muscle again.
I'm not going to push it any further than I feel is needed.
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    11-12-2012, 04:53 PM
Then why not stick to dressage and trot poles/canter poles until she's a little fitter. There really is no point in trying to get her to jump fences that small.
    11-12-2012, 05:03 PM
Because she's picking her legs up more.
And i'm not going to go from 3" to 2'..
Even if your horse doesn't REALLY jump, you shouldn't increase that height that fast. Very dangerous, which.you probably know! Haha
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trot jumps, trotting poles

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