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post #21 of 27 Old 04-29-2009, 02:15 PM
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I ride a 7 year old Morab and due to a traumatic jumping experiance he is not reliable to go over jumps, so I work with him consistently 2 or maybe three times a week jumping, nothing higher than 2'6. But is this too much for him?
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post #22 of 27 Old 04-29-2009, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
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 :]
I'm just saying morality aside...if these young girls are immature like many young girls they are going to see it as being snotty and rude. And god forbid they are revengeful, immature girls that strike back at HER horse, or tack, or anything else.
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Originally Posted by gabrielstriumph View Post
I ride a 7 year old Morab and due to a traumatic jumping experiance he is not reliable to go over jumps, so I work with him consistently 2 or maybe three times a week jumping, nothing higher than 2'6. But is this too much for him?
A couple of years ago I exercised a horse with a "traumatic" experience jumping to say the least... Anyway...we didn't jump him very much but did TONS of gymnastics (nothing over a foot in complex shapes) for months at a trot. It seemed like all that tedious work eventually won him over and he realized he wasn't going to be tortured jumping anymore. After that we started him jumping over 2'6 about once a week...and did his redundant gymnastics once a week...flat twice a week.
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I jump once a week with the horse i am currently on. Last year with my pony i would jump twice a week because i need the practice and she was erhm a little, well a lot, afraid of fillers. But once she was on a program and had flat work consistently she progressed. My horse now i jump once a week and the other girl who leases jumps once a week. By practicing flat work we have improved a ton. I am able to adjust him sooooo much more!

Anyways back to the OP. I agree with MIEventer. If they own the horses and there are no rules about jumping alone then their is nothing you can do. At my barn you can not jump without permission or being in a lesson. This is for the safety and insurance reasons. If you do jump you will get kicked out of the barn. I personally, although i occasionally wish i could just pop over a jump, love it because it reminds everyone that horse's only have so many jumps in them.
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I only jump at competitions... lol. I don't have any jumps to practise on, lol!

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post #26 of 27 Old 05-07-2009, 07:06 AM
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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 with that one hundred percent. There are so many riders out there, who think just cause they can last another 20 or so jumps means the horse can. I've told so many riders that its not a smart idea to keep jumping and jumping and jumping all day every day. The horse does way more work then we do when we jump. You go jump over a poll that high 20 times and let me know how you feel.

You may enjoy jump after jump but even a horse that loves jumping will get sick of it after a while and sore. So then when you get on the horse a week later after jumping everyday the horse isn't going to be the same horse. Its going to be sore and most likly cranky. So the horse may want you off. Im sure the horses way of getting you off is alot differant to the way you want to get off.

Horses are living animals they need a break!

Sorry about the rant there. I watched a girl jump her horse over a grand total of 54 high jumps today. I told her to stop but did she listen...nope! Oh well she learnt what happens the hard way.

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post #27 of 27 Old 05-08-2009, 12:52 AM
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At our barn we jump the show horses only a max of 3 times a week. Sometimes the younger ones get a few more days than that but they don't usually jump full courses. Maybe 3-4 jumps each ride. Also, no students are allowed to jump their horse outside of lessons. This helps to keep control of how often the horses are jumps as kids sometimes get carried away and forget about it.

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