My horse can't jump..

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My horse can't jump..

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    07-31-2013, 04:02 PM
My horse can't jump..


So my horse can't jump.. well she can but she doesn't lift her legs up or she just goes through it without even bothering to jump. The jump is not high at all, maybe around 40 cm or smaller. I always walk trotting poles at first and she does that quite good.
I have private dressage lessons twice a week, no jumping because I don't have any jumps. So ehh tips/help?

Btw sorry for my bad English I'm from Belgium
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    07-31-2013, 04:14 PM
It could be the jumps are too small..horses will naturally take the easy way out..if they can get over it without putting the effort into actually jumping they will. Have you tried free jumping her at all over slightly larger jumps..or on a lunge line over slightly higher jumps? You can even stack those smaller cavaletti to get a higher jump. Try putting a pole on top of two overturned buckets or even hay bales...there are all sorts of ways to make jumps that don't take standards. ...just need to use your imagination a bit...even two chairs might work :)
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    08-01-2013, 02:16 AM
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Often horses step over smaller jumps with jumping over them. However knocking them is an issue.

If you're trotting towards jumps then it makes sense for a horse to step over it, just picking their legs up more. However if you canter the jump comes more naturally. I'd agree lunging over some larger jumps and see what the horse does. About 60 cm is where most horses start needing to jump to get over. If you can free lunge that is best.
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    08-01-2013, 03:39 AM
It aint the height alone its speed too- my horse will climb over a log and slide on her belly like a teater totter over it at a walk but will jump it at a lope-- Your horse can jump- if she's knocking down the jump and not jumping it that's her being lazy or your not setting her up for the jump.

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