Reconditioning a Seasoned Jumper

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Reconditioning a Seasoned Jumper

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    05-04-2010, 02:52 AM
Reconditioning a Seasoned Jumper

I have a big hunter jumper TB I'm working on selling..I don't know what exactly he was jumping before I got him, but supposedly he used to show and was a lesson horse. From what I see, he clearly knows his stuff.
I am very inexperienced with jumping. I bought him to teach me to jump but soon realized it was not my calling, so I never learned. He has been out of jumping for about a year.

Now that I'm selling him, he is being sold of course as a jumper. I am not able to jump him undersaddle and at the moment don't have anybody who can (though I am looking)
I thought it might be a good idea to start him jumping on the lungeline at least, to get him back into the swing of things and get him fit for it. I started him today just jumping over a one foot jump. I warmed him up a bit then took him over it eight times total, two at the trot and two at the canter in each direction, all while he looked at me like "Uh mom you're insulting me I can do higher than this" and cleared them with ease..probably went nearly a foot above the pole a couple of times there

Anyway, I'd like ideas for a plan that I can work on with him until he is sold. I am thinking it won't be very long, but anything I can do would be great.
Should I be starting with a higher jump? Or a higher or lower amount of jumps per session? Should I only jump him a certain number of days per week, or every day?

Thanks so much for any and all help
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    05-05-2010, 12:15 AM
Green Broke
Depends on how out of shape he is. Has he been ridden at all? Do you know how old he is? And is he a hunter or a jumper? (big difference)

I would start him out with plenty of good flatwork, watching his stamina to make sure you aren't asking too much of him physically (especially if he's older). I'd incorporate a lot of poles if you have them and some lateral work if you know how. Always start easy and work your way up. If you aren't confident about your jumping ability (which is JUST FINE!) lunging him over things first is a great idea. I would get someone to come and help you if you are intent on jumping him yourself.
    05-05-2010, 12:33 AM
He is a 13 year old hunter, he has been worked and kept in pretty good shape the entire time I've owned him. He hasn't been ridden much as we just aren't the right pair. I was trying to see if I could make it work, but in the end he would be much better off with someone else, so I don't really try to ride him at all at this point. He's a great guy, but not for me. He has been thoroughly lunged very regularly, however, to keep him moving and in shape. I'm out every day and work him probably a minimum of 3-4 times a week, sometimes more.
    05-07-2010, 03:31 PM
Have you considered leasing him out?

Anyways, I would get him hacking and working on dressage - lots of flatwork. Grid work, trot poles.

I would find someone who can lease him, and ride him at least 5 days a week. I'd start out small and gradually increase his workload as you go along.

Of course, reconditioning physically also demands a great suppliment regime and feeding regime to correspond with his work load.

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