what is too much jumping?

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    04-25-2009, 10:33 PM
what is too much jumping?

Hi all! I am new to this sight but I came across it and I believe you all might be able to answer my question! I am a dressage rider and know little to nothing about jumping. At the barn I am at, the girls who have began to jump seem to jump all the time and too much. Their instructor of course has emphasized the importance of ground work and preparation yet when they are riding by themselves they jump and jump and jump. So how much is to much jumping? When is it time to quit? I would really appreciate some advise so I can advise the girls with enlightenment and examples from others.
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    04-25-2009, 10:48 PM
Green Broke
It depends on a lot of factors

-age of the horse
-if they are jumping courses or just individual jumps
-height of the jumps
-how long the person has been riding
-weather ( too hot or too cold can make a difference)
-what their discipline is
-how long the jumping sessions are
-how the horse is acting that day/if they are working through a particular issue
-horse's fitness level/health

Those are just some among many

My rule of thumb for my low level eventer is no more than three times a week and no more than and hour (two if it's cross country because of distance between schooling individual fences) and I'm usually jumping anywhere from two feet to three foot six. If you feel it is causing a problem with the horse, try and say something to her. If that isn't working, ask the trainer if it's appropriate.

Just my opinion.
    04-26-2009, 12:23 AM
Think of the stress and shock our horses joints take, whenever we jump.

Majority of GP jumpers, and top level Eventers, will jump their horses once a week. Reason being - is a horse has only so much jump in them before they start breaking down, so why waste it?

Allot of top level riders, will jump in the warm up ring, at a comp - and that's it.

I firmly believe in preperation, prevention, preservation.

I am a Low Level Eventer, and I never jump more than once a week. I know my horse can jump. I know I can jump - so why waste it on schooling at home, when I can put that towards a comp.

I see FAR too many jumping their horses, way to much in a week - and it saddens me, wholeheartedly. There is absolutely no need for it.

Riders should spend more time doing dressage and hacking. I train and prepare through lots of hacking. I do dressage/arena work once or twice a week and jump once.

I think more than once or twice a week, is too much.
    04-26-2009, 02:51 AM
I showjump my pony and I only try to jump once or twice a week, depending if I have a comp coming up or not. I try to focus mainly on my flat work. When I jump I usually don't jump alot. I try to keep it short and incorporate my flat work into the jumping session too. I usually set a goal for the day too, like work on grids or work on courses or indiviual jumps etc I also usually start small and build the jumps up and finish the session with some ncie steady flat work too.
    04-26-2009, 09:29 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Majority of GP jumpers, and top level Eventers, will jump their horses once a week. Reason being - is a horse has only so much jump in them before they start breaking down, so why waste it?
I say twice a week is good, and occasionally three times, but no more.

MIEventer, great post but I do have one point I'd like to comment on. Just guessing, but I would think part of the reason GP riders only jump once a week is because a 5+ ft jump takes a whole lot more strain on a horse then a jump under 3ft. Plus, they know they are great riders, they don't need to work a few times a week on their positionover jumps or their approach, so in the warm up ring and at shows is enough for them. I'm not argueing and you are right, but I'm just wondering if these factors contribute to them jumping just once a week
    04-26-2009, 10:06 AM
Could be and great point to make. Whenever I discuss this matter - *because believe me, when given the chance I ask allot of questions* with top level riders, they always stress

A horse has only so much jump in them. Save them for the important parts.

I read allot of articles as well, written by GM, Jim Wofford and I hear them stress that flat work/dressage should be focused on allot more than jumping so I take that to heart.

I also remember reading this one article, well written by an Equine Vet who specializes in legs and injuries - I belive it was in Horse Health........or The Horse?

Anyways - he discussed how much shock and strain our horses joints take whenever we jump. Especially on landing - so that mentally effected me as well. Stuck with me a long time.


Another thing I'd like to bring up - is how I see riders not taking care of their horses legs after they jump, even when they jump.

I was taught in Pony Club - how important it is to rub down our horses legs well, liniment and wrap.

Everytime I jump, I always do this with my old man's legs - even though he is well conditioned when we do.

I think proper care is very important.

At Spruce Meadows - I've seen GP horses being wrapped allot. My friend is a Groom there and whenever top riders like Eric Lemaz and Ian Millar ride and school, she always has to wrap their legs when they are done.

Yes - I understand they are at GP level - but I think regardless of what height, strain is straint, shock is shock -

Preperation, prevention, preservation
    04-26-2009, 11:25 AM
Green Broke
Agreed on everything MIeventer said.

Awesome post
    04-26-2009, 11:58 AM
I jump about once or twice a week; then I just do a lot of flatwork. ;) It does depend on the horse though; like how much they've jumped, what you are jumping (height) & how much the horse can handle.
But I certainly wouldn't jump TOO much, like every day...as the horse probably needs a break.
    04-26-2009, 12:24 PM
Originally Posted by kmbmoon    
I would really appreciate some advise so I can advise the girls with enlightenment and examples from others.
I'm sorry but that is not your place...and very few people in the world want "enlightenment". They will more than likely think your a bossy snob. No offense...but if someone tried to tell me what to do with my horse who wasn't my trainer that's what I would think. Talk to their instructor if it bothers you that much. As for your question...I'd say jump 2 or 3 times a week is good. But it's so much fun...sometimes its hard to not jump
    04-26-2009, 02:00 PM
We have to stop and think about what is best for our horses, not ourselves.

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