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post #1 of 2 Old 09-10-2011, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for restarting jumping after a break?

Hey all! :]

I was wandering if there was any tips anybody here has for restarting to jump after a short-ish break? (I haven't jumped my pony in about four months)

Around mid-May my pony got laminitis after more than one escape out of the field fencing, and we started riding again about four weeks ago, but then her muscles suddenly got lost, particularly in her back legs, and I didn't ride for two weeks but led her around to try and gain some more muscle (this was by recommendation by the equine physiotherapist that many people at the livery use.)
I did see a visible improvement in the area where she was particularly worst for muscle, and so just started riding again about a week ago.

Anyway, back to my actual point! Of course, I'm not considering starting jumping again yet, only doing trotting poles and such. However, I'd like to know what tips people can offer for when I do actually start again.

1 - Should I just have her jump single small jumps or more than one very low? Because she used to have a bit of a problem with refusing, my instructor used to say to always try and jump small courses, but which would be better for the situation now?

2 - How much progression should be make in each jumping session (which would be a week apart from each other) in terms of height and amount of time?

Any help and tips are very much appreciated.
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-15-2011, 09:18 AM
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It's wonderful that soon enough you'll be okay to jump your pony again!

1. I think that a single jump would be better. Doing a gymnastic line or a long course could tire out her legs. When her legs are really strong again, you can proceed with setting up grids and such. As for the refusing, you can try putting poles standing diagonally from the pole on the jump, which doesnt give her the option to run out. You could also put some trotting poles before the jumps to keep her alert and ready for the oncoming x-rail or low vertical.

2. I think that for the first while, longer warm ups with suppling exercises and trot poles will benefit. Don't make your rides too long, as she has probably lost some stamina. As for height, I would stay at crossrails for awhile, and when you can really feel her confidence going up, and her muscles and begun to fill in, you can put low verticals, and then maybe some 2 stride or 3 stride lines with crossrails and verticals. Bounces while also be good for building her hind end when she gets stronger.
Best of luck!
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