Needing Some Jumping Advice

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Needing Some Jumping Advice

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        10-13-2010, 10:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Needing Some Jumping Advice

    Ok so I don't (at the moment) plan on doing any serious jumping, just messing around in the yard.
    I have a 6-yr-old Quarab mare who I know had some jumping training from her previous owners as well as being in pony club with their daughter for a year. THey told me she loves to do it & will jump anything, which I know is true
    Anywho, today I set some small jumps up in my yard (actually they were fence posts layed across 2 overturned stumps) Barely a foot high. I ride in a western saddle & she can be lazy (especially in the yard) but I found when I point her toward a jump & smooch she runs for it right away & pops over.
    The issue is as soon as she lands she bolts & runs past the next one! This is the only thing iv found that makes her do this
    Just wondering the best way to keep her focused.
    What do the experts have to say.
    Again I understand the basics of jumping but I have not done much other than the occasional log on the trail.
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        10-13-2010, 11:55 PM
    It sounds like she might be rushing the jumps which can look like a horse loves to jump but is actually fear of them. Someone else who knows more might be able to tell you more (if I am right) but I would start with ground poles first and work up to jumps.
        10-14-2010, 10:00 AM
    I would definitely start with ground poles. And if she takes off, just stop walk her a little bit to calm her down, then try again. And keep doing it until she doesn't take off anymore. Always end your jumping on a good note, and don't push her too much, it will only make her rush more.
        10-14-2010, 10:39 AM
    Start with ground poles you can always find them at places. Then make some cavelettie work again you can make your own. It shows that she's picking up her feet correctly. Also when you do caveletties and ground poles your teaching her how not to rush the fence.
    You also need to set a ground pole in front and back of each jump.

    Go from ground up :)
        10-14-2010, 10:58 AM
    Green Broke
    I'll try some ground poles when I take her out again later this week & see how she does thanks guys
        10-14-2010, 12:21 PM
    If you need anymore advice about basics or anything let me know. :)
        10-14-2010, 01:58 PM
    First of all, I'd try to borrow an English saddle. You can't really get in an effective two point position in a Western saddle, and your being unbalanced may contribute to the horse scooting off after the fence.

    Second, before using ground poles, placement rails or cavalettit, make sure you understand the theory and purpose behind them. It is possible to make a bad situation worse by misjudging the spacing and having the horse step on a rail or trip over cavaletti.

    I'm sure if you do some Googling you can find some good explanations and diagrams to help you devise appropriate exercises.
        10-14-2010, 03:43 PM
    Agreed. Find a saddle to borrow...or if you really like jumping it could be a small investment. You can get a decent used saddle for under $200. I know a few people who swear by Wintecs as a great first saddle. I ride western so I cannot vouch for anything.

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