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post #1 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Starting jumping lessons

I have been riding since before I can even remember. I jumped for a while when I was younger but I stopped around the age of 8 because I was showing AQHA and I wanted to focus on the flat classes. At the time I wasn't really interested in it but now I want something new to learn. I have a horse of my own but I will be taking lessons on a lesson horse. My mom trains horses although she doesnt do jumping and I have never had any other lessons besides from my mom and my older sister. What should I expect from my lessons? What are some things that we will be working on? I might have to end up taking group lessons (trying to get private but I don't know yet) so how have your experiences been in a group lesson? At shows will you ever have to do rail work and jumping? What are the different types of classes? What are the different things they will ask for in a class?

Sorry for so many questions!!!! I have only shown AQHA flat classes both english and western. I view myself as a pretty advanced rider and I think this may come easily to me, but I am not sure if the differences will be hard for me to adjust to.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-16-2008, 06:48 AM
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First of all, I would definitely go for the group lessons! They are usually longer, so you get more time on your horse for your money. It's a good way to make friends if you don't know many people, and it's also a good opportunity to watch other people ride and jump, and learn from them and from the tips your coach gives the other people.

I take group lessons and we usually walk-trot-canter and then jump. We start out with one or two jumps and then each take a turn, then we will add a few jumps and we'll each go again, keep adding jumps until he have made a full course. For shows, it all depends one whether you show Hunter of Equitation or something else... I show in Equitation and I usually do a walk/trot, a w/t/c, and then a couple jumping classes. For eq, jumping is usually just outside lines, but sometimes they have courses. Hunter is almost always courses. I've been to one show that did a ground pole class but that was just once.

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-16-2008, 01:18 PM
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At shows will you ever have to do rail work and jumping?( If you enter a Hunter Hack class you will preform w/t/c and then go over a two jump line that is usually 3 or 4 strides) then after the jump line you do an in-hand gallope to a point then halt and will sometimes back a few steps. What are the different types of classes?(There is Hunter Hack, Jumpers: all that matters is you have the fastest time and don't knock down any rails. Form, the horses leads don't matter just as long as you have the best time and not dropped poles. If you have a clean round and are tied with someone you might go to a jump off where you will try to beat your time or them and sometimes they will go by who jumps the highest. Hunters: They want a consistant horse, you speed stays the same through the whole course. You don't add or subtract strides and they like a really "squar" look for their front legs going over the jump. Time doesn't matter and they like it when you use your courners. The horse who lands on the correct lead and gets all their strides, and keeps the same speed will place first. Handy Hunters: They like to do role backs and tight turns to see how "handy" your horse is, it's the same as a hunter class just more tight turns and lead changes. Equitation: Here they judge how YOUR form is over the jumps, you will want to treat it like a Hunter class because the better your distances and leads the better you look as well. They will want a rider that keeps the same position throughout the whole course. There are other classes such as pre-green hunters but a lot of those have to do with the height you are jumping. Medals class: In these classes they may ask you to canter an outside line then trot over a oxer it's almost like a horsemanship class but with jumps. What are the different things they will ask for in a class? They will look for what each class calls for (like said above) the only time I can see them changing things up is in a medals class.

Sorry for so many questions!!!! I have only shown AQHA flat classes both english and western. I view myself as a pretty advanced rider and I think this may come easily to me, but I am not sure if the differences will be hard for me to adjust to.

Thanks in advance for your responses.
I know when I first learnt how to jump we spent a lot of time working on two point and your position over jumps, If you ever get a chance to do gymnastics, DO IT!!! They are sooooo fun!


This is the "square" look I was talknig about. How both front legs are level and look pretty much the same. The judges LOVE this look.
p.s. I do not own this picture.

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-30-2008, 11:23 PM
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ok,
  1. HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. everyone on here has forgotten about the best jumping ever EVENTING! But you won't be starting with that!
  3. It won't be easy, falt and jumping are like 1000 worlds apart, but somehow seem to meet cause you can't do one without the other almost.
  4. They will probably shorten your sturrips, and just do core streangth training on your two-point or, how my trainer puts it, half seat, cause when riders think two-point they think of the olympians thowing themsleves on the horses neck.
  5. Tell us how it is!

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-31-2008, 11:15 AM
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When I started riding, I took group lessons. I actually took them for years before I started to take private lessons. As long as the people in your group are of the same riding level as you, I find group lessons to be more fun than privates. I would recommend starting out with groups for a while before you decided which way to go.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-31-2008, 07:11 PM
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When I started riding, I took group lessons. I actually took them for years before I started to take private lessons. As long as the people in your group are of the same riding level as you, I find group lessons to be more fun than privates. I would recommend starting out with groups for a while before you decided which way to go.
I second this

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-05-2009, 06:08 PM
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When I started riding, I took group lessons. I actually took them for years before I started to take private lessons. As long as the people in your group are of the same riding level as you, I find group lessons to be more fun than privates. I would recommend starting out with groups for a while before you decided which way to go.
Stealing thead for a sec, sorry!

Do you guys still like group lessons when you own your own horse? Or do you just do group lessons with non-green horses? I can't imagine a group lesson with my horse, he needs my trainers (and my) attention focused on him when he jumps.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-05-2009, 07:15 PM
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Group lessons are definitely the way to go. I've always taken group lessons, all throughout my riding. :) I have thought about going to private lessons, but I'd miss my friends too much. LOL! Plus, it's good to get your horse used to being around other horses, & some even behave better than when they're alone in the ring. :P Although, there's nothing wrong with private lessons. They are good for if you really need individual attention, & if your horse does as well.
In my group lessons, there are about 4-5 of us- we do get a lot of individual attention, despite that we're in a group. It depends on the trainer(s) if they will give everyone individual attention or not if you're in a group. At my other barn they did the opposite- just talked to everyone at the same time, & not really helping them individually on what they need to work on. :) So, I say go for the group lessons!

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-05-2009, 07:28 PM
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Well, at our barn private lessons don't mean I'm along in the ring. Everyone is allowed tpo ridem the lesson person just gets the rail. Hmmm.. maybe someday I will try a group lesson (if I can afford a horse as an adult)
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-07-2009, 07:03 PM
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I love group lessons because I get to ride with my best friend! I'm not sure if I can help you though because I only do small in-barn shows... But, whatever you do, I am positive you will do well. Good luck!

Also, if you think I can help, then say so and I will post a reply, but I think you will be fine with all of the other replies you got!!!
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