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    05-09-2011, 06:43 PM
  #1
Trained
When to advance in height?

LOL This may or may not be a novel xD We'll see xD

Rebel and I have been doing very well with his career in eventing. He's gotten a TON better at Dressage, and Jumping he's starting to collect/extend his stride SO reliably, so we get the takeoff right at least 95% of the time now It makes me so happy!

I started him on a small crossrail, then a vertical at the same height, and everytime I introduce him to new heights I do a crossrail first. I haven't trained a jumper before, but I've been doing consistent lessons with a trainer who has me at 2'9''. The jumps for Equestrian team range from 2'9'' to 3'3'' and they include verticals, brush, quarterrounds, crossrails, etc. I didn't jump Rebel this year because I was worried he wouldn't handle it well. But next year I definitely think we will try it.

So my question is, when do you feel comfortable advancing your horse to new heights? I'd just been going by feel, but I'm nervous to go higher than 2'9'' yet. I know I want to have 3'3'' as soon as I can, but I don't want to risk Rebel or myself jumping higher before we are both ready. And I certainly won't make it higher until I am comfortale, and he is confident.
     
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    05-10-2011, 02:00 AM
  #2
Yearling
My trainer will put the rails up of the ending fence within a line.... without telling me. So the first fence will be "what i'm used to" while the last fence will be a bit of a surprise by being higher. This seems to work best for me because I can't psych myself out. I am already committed to jumping the line.
She never over faces me, or my horse. But if I had my way, i'd happily sit at the .90's and never progress. However, her method has gotten me up to the 1.3 meters in solid confidence.
     
    05-10-2011, 08:45 AM
  #3
Foal
When you feel comfortable to then up the heights when you can easily go up to a bigger fence with confidence you know you are there
     
    05-10-2011, 11:43 AM
  #4
Green Broke
When both of you have the training, fitness, and confidence to do it well! Sounds like you're taking it slow and that's a great thing. I think gymnastics are an excellent way to introduce a bigger jump as well. For example, my favorite for introducing a bigger jump:
(bounce)(bounce) -one stride- (vertical) -two strides- (oxer or bigger jump).

If you do it a few times at a smaller height your horse gets the rhythm and striding down. The 2 strides in front of the bigger jump allows him to get enough momentum and gives him enough time to recuperate if the first part of the gymnastic wasn't good. But it's not so many strides that he can get into trouble again.
     
    05-11-2011, 07:51 PM
  #5
Trained
I raise them when the stuff I'm jumping starts to look small and we're both almost bored. That being said, I'm a full 12" behind you, so I guess any fence you're jumping looks big no matter what.
     
    05-18-2011, 04:58 PM
  #6
Foal
Straight jumper here but with a little experience in eventing too.

You said it yourself - when both you and Rebel feel confident and comfortable. You should be able to ride an entire course at one height, including oxers, doubles and triples, tight approaches etc. before moving on.

Overfacing a horse, even one that willingly goes forward to the fence, can create a stopper. And that can sometimes be really hard to fix.

My first real jumper was a 4' horse that did the 5' on heart. Even overfaced he would try to jump anything. And I guess I was too young and inexperienced to realize we were horribly overfaced. We had a few crashes, a few injuries. We went on to a couple GP at 5' and we won a high jump at 5'9". But he was basically a 4' horse.

If you ride to a fence feeling panic your horse will too. Take it slow, have fun. You'll get to the bigger fences when you are ready.

I've got another jumper but I've trained this one myself and brought her along very slowly. If we rode a course and she hesitated or stopped I'd drop the fences back down and ride courses at that height until I felt she had her confidence back.

Don't rush it. You or your horse could be badly hurt. It's supposed to be fun. No panic allowed.
     
    05-19-2011, 01:59 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by upnover    
When both of you have the training, fitness, and confidence to do it well! Sounds like you're taking it slow and that's a great thing. I think gymnastics are an excellent way to introduce a bigger jump as well. For example, my favorite for introducing a bigger jump:
(bounce)(bounce) -one stride- (vertical) -two strides- (oxer or bigger jump).

If you do it a few times at a smaller height your horse gets the rhythm and striding down. The 2 strides in front of the bigger jump allows him to get enough momentum and gives him enough time to recuperate if the first part of the gymnastic wasn't good. But it's not so many strides that he can get into trouble again.

Very true! Gymnastics has done wonders for me!
     

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