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post #11 of 27 Old 04-26-2009, 02:27 PM
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If the horses are conditioned to jumping, 2-3 times a week is perfect. I jump one to two times a week, and do conditioning and flat work all the other days. Our really hard workouts are on wensdays when we jump for about 45 minutes in our lessons.

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post #12 of 27 Old 04-26-2009, 02:56 PM
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Def. not all the time you see the horse, or they will get sick of it.
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THank you all for all of your suggestions. The girls are young and just want to have fun! but dont we all.... Thanks again!
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I also only jump once a week. My lesson is once a week and that is the only time my mare and I jump. The rest of the time I am at the barn we work on flat stuff. Like, right now I am working on my sitting trot but other times we will work on transitions, or we'll just work on leg yields, etc. Other times, I just let her be a horse and I turn her out and let her play. I think that's good for their minds and their souls too.

While a 2 foot fence seems effortless to a horse because they are so big, it can still put a toll on their joints. Remember that you and your horse are a team and you need each other to do what you want to do. My horse has been very patient with me learning and I owe her the same respect and love so we can continue to grow as a team.
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post #15 of 27 Old 04-27-2009, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer View Post
We have to stop and think about what is best for our horses, not ourselves.
I agree but its still not her place to go telling young girls what to do on their horses. She should speak with their instructor or their parents.
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post #16 of 27 Old 04-27-2009, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by morganshow11 View Post
Def. not all the time you see the horse, or they will get sick of it.

My horse would NEVER get sick of jumping even if i jumped her every day. Just because they CAN doesn't mean they SHOULD

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Oh I totally agree hotreddun, it isnt her place - it is up to our coaches to educate us correctly and properly on these type of situations.

If our coaches are not putting their feet down and explaining as to why - then the horses pay the price in the long run.


I completely agree Eventerdrew! My TB would NEVER grow tired of jumping. If we are out on a hack and we come across a Fox Hunters jump - he gets extremely put out, if we don't go over it. I could be out on the CC course and he's already honed in onto a jump, before I am.

He loves the sport and is a very happy horse when he gets to do this - BUT just as you said, just because they can doesn't mean they should.

I value my horses joints and his legs - without them, he has no life. So, I baby them. If GP jumpers only jump once a week for a reason, then that's good enough for me.

A horse only has so much jump in them - why waste it.

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Hot red dun, I agree. However she said that the coach HAS stressed to them the importance of working on flatwork, etc, but the girls are doing it when they are alone/without the coach. So if she feels it is detrimental to the horses, I can understand why she would want to say something. I probably woudn't, but i'm a chicken :]

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I jump about 2 times every 3 weeks, but im not a hiuge fan of jumping but i still like it a lil bit.
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Question - are these lesson/barn/lease horses? OR horses that belong to the riders themselves?

Are there rules at the barn about NOT jumping WITHOUT supervision of the coach?

If these horses belong to the fascility - I would DEFINATELY be saying something. If there are rules as to NO jumping without supervision - I would definately be saying something.

If not - then there is not much to do, other than approaching the coach and telling him/her what is going on behind her/his back.
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