Recently, my mare and I have finally found our thing: jumping. I was so afraid to try it for so long and when we finally started taking lessons (I know, I know, green and green=black and blue but I have done all the training on this mare myself and have come out of our trials triumphant and ready for the next challenge) I discovered my mare's invisible wings. Literally. Jumping has come a little harder for me than for my horse. My jumping teacher would watch as my mare flies three feet over a pole on the ground and I get left behind and end up behind the saddle coming off the jump?.... no it was a pole. Really a pole. This mare is AGILE. She was acting up and not wanting to go over small set of jumps. I finally had her in line (indirect rein, indirect rein) and two steps before she ducks out. My jumping teacher was in shock and was just like "no horse should be able to get away from you that fast!" I just laughed. I've learned not to get frustrated, just laugh and try again.
So anyway, any tips on how to anticipate a horses jump? Sometimes she barely tries and does this tiny little hop, other times she flies over it. It's the flying thing that throws me off guard. Also, any good jumping exercises would be great. Rhythm and control is our thing right now. And if you know where to get cheap round WOOD poles, please let me know! They need to be round or octagonal. Seems like the only ones I can find are online, and then I pay at least $25 a piece and have to pay for shipping. I wouldn't mind painting them and doing that stuff, just trying to find round poles is hard. Even logs are scarce, but then again I do live in the desert.