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    02-16-2009, 01:18 AM
Never jumped...

I have never jumped before, but it looks so exciting and I think I might want to try it. I used to ride saddleseat on Saddlebreds and just adored it, but all you jumpers are making me crave jumping! My only problem is that I haven't had a lesson in a while (or even ridden in about a year) so I know I'd need to start out with that first. How long did you guys ride before you started jumping?
Also, I'm not very much of a risk-taker and feel that that might stand in my way, but I'm really interested because it looks very fun!

Any words of advice?
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    02-16-2009, 11:54 AM
I started jumping after about a year of English riding lessons. :P
    02-16-2009, 12:29 PM
Where I ride it took me 2 years to start.It all depends on your experience and excell speed and your trainer.
    02-16-2009, 12:58 PM
I've only taken lessons for almost 4 months and i've jumped 2"4'
    02-16-2009, 01:34 PM
2"4'?!?! Say what!!!!!!!!!!?????????? That's amazing! Good for you! BTW, is that you jumping in your avater?
    02-16-2009, 01:36 PM
Green Broke
I started jumping 3 months into riding, but that was on one of my trainer's VERY good school horses! It helps to first try it on a horse that really knows how to jump and that way you can just focus on what you are doing and let the horse do the jumping! It is fun, but definitely can be scary...I still don't jump more than once every 6 months or so, just because I'm so new to it and now with Sandie she isn't trained to jump so we have to learn from the ground up with her!! But it's FUN you'll love it! Try little cross rails first, they're much less intimidating...and have a trainer that KNOWS jumping! My trainer does eventing and he's an awesome teacher! HAVE FUN!
    02-16-2009, 05:02 PM
I feel that there are coaches out there, who are allowing their students to jump, way before their students are capeable of doing so.

Too many coaches, allow holes in their students training/education - then we end up with uneducated, teaching the uneducated.

There are riders out there who are jumping, before they even have any solid, funcitonal form on the flat. Who cannot even do the basics on the flat. Who cannot even do a 20 meter circle under control, rhythm, balance. Riders who cannot even do simple Training Level Dressage movements...but yet - they are flying over fences, far before they should be. Who have no concept of the importancies of make that jump safe, secure, fun, educated, functional.

Because we have coaches who want he $ in their pocket.

Find a coach, who really puts the value and importance on your education. Find a coach who cares. Find a coach who wont allow holes in your training.

Because you deserve nothing less.

Basics, basics, basics first. Most importantly. Find a valuable coach, who will work on the basics with you.

Walk, Trot, Canter. Control, rhytm. Functoinal Form. Bending, Circles, lateral work. Lune line work.

Because, you deserve nothing less.

Learn how to walk, trot, canter on your own - through balance, security, rhythm, control, safety.

Learn lateral movements.

Learn control, via seat to legs to hands.

Then when you establish those important basics - then move to trot poles. Learning how to blance thorugh your heels. Learning to secure your two point. Learn how to control your rhythm though the trot poles.

Learn how to solidfy your form for when you start to go over fences. Solid lower leg, seat low to tack, strong core, strong upper body. Releases.

Do all of this over trot poles, cavaletties and x rails.

Lune Line work is always a fabulous way to learn all of this. I am 32, been riding all my life. Experienced allot in my days of riding from Prelim Eventing to haveing the priveledge of riding with the World Famous Lippizaner Stallions, to enjoying my days in Pony Club and blah diddy blah blah - yadda yadda yadda - and I Even go on the lunge line.

Even GP Level Riders go on the Lunge Line.

No one, is too good for the lunge line

I do allot of Reinless work. Establishing rhythm and control through my seat. My lower legs. Establishing balance and security. Learning to rely on my lower legs and heels to supprort me through my 2 point.

Of of this is valuable and important for when you start learning to jump.

Far too many riders out there are being permitted to go over fences, far before they should be. Horrible form over fences - riders who cannot even establish control and rhythm on approach to a fence.

It isn't the height of the fence that matters, it is the quallity of the fence that does.

I am not saying to not go out there and learn - on the contrary. I am saying, find an educated, valuable coach who is willing to work with you, to give you the needed education you deserve - to be the best rider you possibly can be, for your horse.

Afterall - it isn't about you. It is about the horse. Brining out the best in them, at all times while on their backs.

GP Riders, jump once a week. Sometimes they wont even jump until the warm up ring at a comp.

Because they spend most of their time doing Dressage/Flat Work.

GP Level horses, know minimally level 3 dressage.

Jumping - afterall - is dressage with speed bumps

I wish you all the best, and be picky on who you choose to coach you
    02-16-2009, 05:22 PM
I started jumping after 5 years of English lessons. I've been jumping for about 3-4 years and have gone up to 2'9'' oxers. It's really fun, I think you'll enjoy it!
    02-16-2009, 09:05 PM
Green Broke
I Love jumping! It is scary at first, but feeling like you are flying is so worth it! I have been jumping for 6 years and now jumping 2'6" oxers! Find a trainer taht will work with you! If you wouldn't want to spend time outside of lessons with him/her why would you want to train with them? I have spent a whole weekend in a hotel room with my trainer + a three hour car trip! Now that takes love! Follow what MIEventer said! She knows what she's talking about!
    02-17-2009, 10:51 PM
And again I agree with MIEventer.....I have nothing to add to it've covered it all! Thanks!!! ;)
Love meeting like minds!

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