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post #1 of 5 Old 07-12-2014, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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What does jumping feel like to you?

I'm very new to horses in general. I have thought about what direction I want to lean towards once I get more experience under my belt (dressage, jumping, pleasure only, etc.). My bff jumped when we were younger and I was always interested in it.

So tell me, in your opinion- how would you describe jumping? How does it feel when you are going over the jump? Is part of you scared? Is it an adrenaline rush?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-20-2014, 11:29 AM
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This is not easy to answer!

It all depends on what you are jumping, certainly there is not a lot of thrill over lower fences but over a big fence there can be a thrill.

It is some years since I competed either show jumping or eventing but, I jumped many fences out fox hunting.

Following hounds and taking a direct line over some BIG natural fences is always a thrill. When you are riding a smaller horse and there is a hedge taller than the horse and wider then he is, the relief of getting to the other side is something else!

For me the thrill of jumping steeplechasers over schooling fences is another thrill. The excitement of them pulling you arms out and the feel of them leaping at a gallop, is rather like flying.
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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.
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Jumping is kind of a feeling that you can't really imagine until you've felt it. Sometimes when I'm squaring off to send my horse at a jump, I feel a bit afraid, especially if its a new jump, but once you are approaching the jump and nearing it, I'm not as scared because I'm fully concentrating on what I need to do to effectively get over it.
Actually jumping is an amazing feeling. Its something that makes you just want to smile, whether it be the achievement of a clear accomplishment or the happiness it brings my horse, I just love it.
I think jumping is something every equestrian should at least try, whether or not they decide to specialize in it, because it really is like nothing else.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-29-2014, 11:11 AM
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My favorite jumps are wide jumps: spread oxers or triple bars. Those suckers give you a thrill! I love them dearly, the higher the better!
Jumping is an energizing, revitalizing thing. It's like electrifying your soul in all the best ways. Pure bliss, knowing that you and your horse are completely airbourne.

I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm definitely a jumping junkie!

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