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        10-27-2012, 01:18 PM
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    Personally, what I think you should do is study information on horse striding, learn your horses stride length and practice 'jumping' ground poles. Practice your own 'jumping' skills. Make trotting poles or just set poles up around the ring like as if it were a jump course. This will help teach you how to measure the horse's stride, without having the danger of a full jump. In this you can master the basics of the skill and save the more dangerous aspects of the sport for when your trainer is around.
    Do you know a proper half seat? Do you know how to shorten and lengthen your horse's stride? Sorry to ask thing if they're simple easy things for you, but I don't know you nor your riding level. If you can set up your camera or phone camera in the corner of the arena where you can see most of the arena, and ride your 'jump' course, then review you tape, critique your own body position and how well you prepared your horse for each ground pole.
    Once you have your trainer with you she/he can better help you with what to look for in your videos and can give you in person tips, then she/he can decide when you're safely ready to move up to real jumps.
    You can also post your videos here for a critique :) Sometimes it's fun to have lots of eyes on board!
         
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        10-27-2012, 01:23 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    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.
    well jumping can be very dangerous so its always wise to have extra help around to teach you properly. I see NO problem with people recommending a trainer or other teaching of some sort. Especially since it sounds like the OP is inexperienced with this.
         
        10-27-2012, 01:32 PM
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    Trained
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    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.
    z

    LOL, some of us who do use a trainer do not have the benefit of eithet a fancy barn or a fancy trainer.

    I am fortunate enough to be able to haul out to a good trainer, with no facilities, but in my humble opinion when you are starting out on a new discipline it is so worth having a couple of lessons at least, then get home work to practice until you can get another lesson. It truly is a lot easier to learn to do something correctly first time, because it is several times harder to undo bad habits later on.
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        10-27-2012, 01:45 PM
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    Believe me, there is a reason why people don't go around teaching themselves to drive racecars or fly planes. The same reason that stops people from teaching themselves and their horses jump if they really don't know how to do it. Jumping involves high risks for both the horse and the rider, you REALLY don't want to start off from a bad spot. Ask your trainer to help you.
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        10-27-2012, 08:34 PM
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    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.
    I too lack both fancy barn and fancy trainer. It doesn't mean I'm in denial about the dangers of jumping and I try to get my coach out as much as possible. I've seen the results of self-taught jumping and it is not something that is impressive at all. In fact, it makes me kind of sad to know that someone else is going to be impressed by it and decide they can do it too.
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        10-27-2012, 09:25 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
    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.
    If they get hurt its not on me because it was there decision to jump their horse. And I know plenty on teaching a horse to jump thank you ever much.
         
        10-27-2012, 09:31 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by HorseCourage    
    I have a trainer per say but the problem is my trainer is over 30 minutes away. Yes I would love to be able to just have my trainer help me everyday. But she has two kids, and can't come up all that often, so I wanted to get the horse started on my own, so that we didnt have to start with the basics when she got here. I don't want to waste her time. Thanks Shaggy that helps. :) and to all the others posting helpful comments thanks also :)
    your very welcome. =) I certainly understand not wanting to waste your trainers time. Maybe you could call her and ask what would be good to work on when she not able to come.
         
        10-27-2012, 09:41 PM
      #18
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by shaggy    
    If they get hurt its not on me because it was there decision to jump their horse. And I know plenty on teaching a horse to jump thank you ever much.
    If you "know plenty" then you should know enough to know that a rider who doesn't know how to train a horse to jump, training a horse who has little or no jumping experience to jump, is an accident just waiting to happen.
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        10-27-2012, 10:05 PM
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    I still see no reason she can't practice and self critique using all ground poles. Remember to ride the horse straight down the middle of the pole, don't forget all your riding skills, keeping the horse straight on lines and bent around turns and looking where you're going. Video/photograph yourself while you practice your ground pole jump course and critique like as if they were big jumps. Do this until you're confident, then have your instructor come in and help you perfect it, then move up to real jumps with your trainer. Practice what you learned during your lesson until your next lesson.
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