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    01-14-2013, 08:14 PM
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Foal
Question Start Jumping?

Alright, where do I begin. I have been riding for 8.5 years. My horse is the perfect first horse. I have been riding him for 2 going on 3 years. He does English Pleasure, Dressage, 4-H, he competes at our local fair*, he does trail, he could be a western prospect, and we did a tad of jumping. Seeing to the fact that this is the jumping section, I'm going to talk about jumping. We jumped for, 2 months maybe but then he hurt** himself. Anyways, the woman who trained me is a dressage trainer. She does jumping as a second to dressage. My mom was going to let me join the jump class again but she went asking around and apparently my trainer teaches jumping wrong. My friends mom was in the "minor leauges***" (I can't think of the proper word) for show jumping but she teaches correctly. Should I ask my friends Mom to help me with jumping or wait until I fgure it out on my own. I REALLY don't want to teach myself because I don't want to screw anything up. I could just not jump but I have ALWAYS wanted to jump! I started riding just so I could jump (plus the undying love of horses). I could really use some help here! Thanks guys! :)

*Our fair is REALLY bad. It's a total and complete MAD HOUSE! There are barrel racers running to and fro in the practice arena, kids screaming, teens throwing rocks, and some idiots even throw FIRECRACKERS!!! Chevy doesn't react to any of this (thank the good Lord above.).

**Chevy is a distructive horse. He has ruines 2 feed platters, 8 water buckets, 4 wooden stall boards, 2 halters, and he eats everything in sight... He was playing outside and he sliced open his coronet band. It was about 1-1.5 inches long by .5-.75 inches deep. It was bad. We stopped jumping because I wanted to go back to basics because he started to clip himself and I didn't want that to escalate. Thankfully that got stopped early.

***She had to stop becasue of a bad fall. The horse got hurt and so did she.
     
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    01-15-2013, 02:50 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I'd definitely ask your friend's mom for help rather than do it on your own.
     
    01-16-2013, 06:44 PM
  #3
Foal
Other tips anyone?
     
    01-16-2013, 08:17 PM
  #4
Yearling
Yes, get as much help as you can get. Goes for anything in the horse world, in my opinion.
     
    01-25-2013, 01:25 AM
  #5
Yearling
Definitely ask. When jumping, as with anything, it is so hard to break bad habits, but those bad habits also provide a lot of danger. Plus, you could learn a lot of helpful tips.
     
    01-26-2013, 10:47 PM
  #6
Foal
Well personally what I would do is to start working on your two point (Or half point whatever you call it) At w/t/c. Then I would get my friends mom to teach me the basics. You can ride without stirrups to improve your position and my coach makes me jump with my hand out to the side because you can not lean on the horses neck.
P.S hears a couple tips that would help your position: Never round up your back (it doesn't end well) Your heels are your base KEEP THEM DOWN. And NEVER look down my coach says if you look down your looking for a spot to fall on.(Sadly there is no soft spot on jump) Hope this helped! :)
     
    01-27-2013, 03:32 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by englishjumper16    
Well personally what I would do is to start working on your two point (Or half point whatever you call it) At w/t/c. Then I would get my friends mom to teach me the basics. You can ride without stirrups to improve your position and my coach makes me jump with my hand out to the side because you can not lean on the horses neck.
P.S hears a couple tips that would help your position: Never round up your back (it doesn't end well) Your heels are your base KEEP THEM DOWN. And NEVER look down my coach says if you look down your looking for a spot to fall on.(Sadly there is no soft spot on jump) Hope this helped! :)
Thank you! There was s second trainer who tought me the two point but she quit because the current trainer I have as rude and expects too much of the people that work for her. The second trainer also moved and had a son. Anyways, My friends mom also MAKES me do no stirrup! She makes me and her daughter do atleast 5 minutes each ride. Thank you very much! :)
     

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