Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
To me, jumping feels great - but that's because my horse loves it! I think a lot of it depends on what horse you're riding. I've ridden horses where it feels like they're in the air for less than a second and over the jump before you can even get out of two-point. Some feel like they're soaring. And some feel like they're hanging in the air forever.
Jumping can be scary, though, if you don't have an honest horse. I had a horse that would duck out at the last minute. One minute, you were preparing for takeoff, and the next, the world went sideways because you were falling off. This particular horse would also rush jumps just to duck out of them. That felt so nerve-racking that I didn't want to jump anymore.
My current horse, Rusty, loves to jump and is 99.9% honest. He'll go over anything you point him to. On him, when we hit a long stride, going over a jump feels like we're flying. He seems to hang in the air, which definitely feels a little weird but not uncomfortable or scary in any way.
Also, it is so fun when we get to do bounces - jumps one right after another - because Rusty's ears perk up, and you can see the sparkle in his eyes. He loves bounces. Normally, he's kind of a lazy, non-excitable horse, but once we get to jump, he gets right down to task and is very happy.