Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I was started jumping before I even learned good balance at the posting trot. My trainer (the same one who physically beated and ruined one of our horses, and sold us a chronic bucker.) told me, "Either you start jumping right here, or you stop riding."
Appalling. And you know what happened? I never developed respect for jumping, because I was so young, and when I began riding Chloe I learned respect the hard way. She was green, and she was a wild card. She is actually the only horse I've ever fallen off of to this day, and both times landed me on my head. She would refuse, take the most scary longspots, she chipped absolutely every jump, and half the time she would get scared and bolt. I never wanted to jump again.
But she taught me that jumping is not something to laugh about. It isn't just running as fast as you can to get over the course. It's dangerous. If you don't have the power to sit a horse, how can you expect yourself to actually stay with the horse while jumping?
And, ironically, I didn't learn how to canter until a year after I started jumping.
I do believe in pole work, but again with a rider that has decent enough balance in the gait that you're working on.
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