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post #71 of 78 Old 11-12-2010, 12:39 PM
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Depends what you mean by jumping I teach my kids to pop over jumps less then 1foot. Just to keep them interested

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post #72 of 78 Old 11-12-2010, 03:56 PM
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I thin learning your ground work is soo important, it developes your balance and very importantly, your seat!! Which is crucial for jumping!

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post #73 of 78 Old 11-16-2010, 02:23 PM
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Katie x is right! I can't imagine having to jump before learning to canter! The horse I ride canters at every jump (even a pole lol) so it would have been impossible for me x
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post #74 of 78 Old 11-17-2010, 04:09 AM
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I had to learn how to actually find and activate the stop command on bubbles before I was even confident enough to want to try jumping lol. That took nearly a year before I felt balanced on her and could slow her down without hanging off her mouth.

Imagine that... putting someone that couldnt canter/hadn't cantered before on a horse, trotting them over a jump and having the horse unexpectedly "bolt" off cantering afterwards with rider not knowing, or having the balance to stop the horse. That would end badly. It ended badly for me and I did know how to stop my horse and have balance.

I think riders should atleast have balance and be able to stop/slow the horse/ponies canter before jumping.

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I had to learn how to actually find and activate the stop command on bubbles before I was even confident enough to want to try jumping lol. That took nearly a year before I felt balanced on her and could slow her down without hanging off her mouth.

Imagine that... putting someone that couldnt canter/hadn't cantered before on a horse, trotting them over a jump and having the horse unexpectedly "bolt" off cantering afterwards with rider not knowing, or having the balance to stop the horse. That would end badly. It ended badly for me and I did know how to stop my horse and have balance.

I think riders should atleast have balance and be able to stop/slow the horse/ponies canter before jumping.
I agree
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post #76 of 78 Old 11-24-2010, 04:25 PM
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I don't think you should.
I did because I didnt know.(and did not have a very good first instructer.)
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post #77 of 78 Old 11-28-2010, 02:24 PM
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I can only canter on lunge and I can jump x rails. I don't know, depends on the horse.

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post #78 of 78 Old 11-28-2010, 05:26 PM
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The first time I jumped I was on a pretty doped up pony and it was only at a trot and I did it once.

I really wish I had learnt to canter first though becuase I've developed a few bad habits

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