Originally Posted by shaggy
Whats with you people! Do you ever stop to consider that there might not be a trainer who does jumping in the these peoples area. Not everyone has the benfit of a big fancy barn with a fancy trainer. Some people have to do it ON THEIR OWN! And that's their decision! OP just ride him over lots of ground poles until he's completely confortable with it then raise to a small cross rail. That's what I've been doing with my horse.
And if the horse gets ruined by being taught by someone who doesn't know what they are doing, or the rider takes a fall because they aren't jumping safely, are you willing to accept that being your fault? Because all the other posters are spot on - jumping is dangerous, and as such, should only be taught by someone who knows what they are doing. If you don't know, you should go to a trainer that does. You have no business telling people to "stop and consider". Why don't you take your own advice - stop and consider if your answer is appropriate, given how little you know about (a) the OP's ability with horses and (b) teaching a horse to jump.