Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
Yes, you can jump in a western saddle, but it isn't wise. The weight of the saddle is alot for the horse (it can do damage to their back) and you arn't able to get into a proper position to get over the jump in a blanced way.
START FROM THE GROUND! Dressage. If jumping is dressage with speed bumps, then do dressage. Get the basics down pat. Rythem, lengthening, shortening stides. Then work with ground poles and caveletti. Having the horse bring their back up and carrying themselves. Then you introduce the jumps. Starting with little 6 inchers, asking the horse not to step over them like the caveletti, but to actually pick up their feet and jump. Then you raise it slightly and slightly until the horse is comfortable jumping.
For the first day of jumping, you really won't be jumping. Ground pole work is just as important. I've been jumping for 7 years and my trainer still has us working over cavaletti and ground poles.
A good trainer would really be the best route to go if you've never jumped and your horse has never jumped. Do you ride english?
Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt