Progression through Jump Heights

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Progression through Jump Heights

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    08-05-2010, 01:10 PM
Progression through Jump Heights

So I was just looking at my friend's facebook pictures, and I found all these pictures of her last year showing what looked like 2'. This same friend this year shows rated 3'6 and does well. Is it normal to progress that fast? She also went from riding a little lesson horse to leasing her own show-quality mare.

Haha the reason I ask is because I am currently showing 2'-2'6" on a lesson horse, and am looking for a show quality horse to lease. Haha I am hoping the same thing could happen to me once I find my horse, because I'd love to show 3'+.

You probably can't give me a real answer, but I'm just having a little jealousy fit haha and hoping the same thing will happen to me.
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    08-05-2010, 02:01 PM
Green Broke
LOL well some people just can't get high enough!
    08-05-2010, 02:32 PM
She probably just has natural talent and bravey lol

But to be honest I went from jumping 1" in lessons to 2"9 in about 2-3 months becuase I was at a new school where I got proper tuition and for once was actually put on horses that suited my ability. Plus I don't have lazy instructors anymore that stand around smoking through the lesson
    08-05-2010, 03:14 PM
I'm hoping that once I get a "real" horse I can start jumping higher. Cause I actually brought it up to my trainer one time about doing rateds or jumping higher and she thought about it and then said "I don't actually have a horse that would work for that, hmm... maybe."
    08-05-2010, 03:28 PM
Green Broke
It really depends on the individual person, My friend started jumping to about 2'9 after only about 4 monthes of riding, because she naturally had great control over her body from doing yoga and all that kind of stuff, so that helped her a lot.

My other friend rode in FEI juniors last year, and is ahead of me in dressage, but she's also 2 years older then me, so she's not actually way ahead of me, she's just older, and has more experience.

Everyone goes at their own pace, and to me, its much more important to have a solid seat rather then how high you can jump.
    08-05-2010, 04:05 PM
No I do understand that, like I said it was more of a jealous fit and wishful thinking than an actual question. I was just bummed because I still havent found a horse to lease and I was sad and jealous haha.
    08-05-2010, 04:10 PM
In this case it might not be so much the person progressing but their ability to lease a good horse that knows the ropes and they are just getting the benefit of advancing because of the horses abilities.

A good school master goes a long way on that front. It also can help a person learn lots and progress more quickly because they have learned lots.
    08-05-2010, 04:11 PM
L don't think it's ABnormal... in winter 2010 l was jumping 2', and now l'm just beginning 3'3. Lt depends on your horse as well as you... as Alwaysbehind said, it's a whole lot easier to advance on an experienced horse who knows what they're doing. That being said, there is so much you can learn from any horse you ride at any height that l would try not to let it bother you. L would rather have a stellar 2' course than a messy 3'6 course any day.

Edit: l posted at the same time as you :) l know what you mean :). L used to be a bit bummed because my friend was going to shows and jumping 3' and 3'6 courses and there l was, still at 2'. L've since realized that it doesn't matter what height you're jumping, as long as you're having fun :).
    08-05-2010, 04:15 PM
Its not so much the fence height that bums me out, but the fact that I still havent found a horse on which I can advance. I've been looking for a horse to lease for six months now, and in that time, I've been riding lesson horses that don't look "pretty" over fences, that knock rails if you try to advance past 2'3. Its a bummer.
    08-05-2010, 04:18 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm, your in maryland? Did you check horsetopia,dreamhorse and all those kinds of sites? They usually have a lot of horses for lease.

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