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        09-08-2009, 08:55 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Don't rush! If you are confident, and your position is good, and you can ride bareback at at least the trot and ride with no stirrups at the canter without getting off ballance, by all means you should definitely start jumping! Of course, I couldn't be one to say much because my past instructors didn't pay much attention to my position and just let me jump at only 4 months of riding. Now that I have a better instructor, I'm learning to get better position, and it's challenging. So make sure your position is perfect before you jump.
    Start with a little cavaletti and see how you do. If your comfaterable enough, keep jumping, and if your not, stick to flatwork and groundpoles until your position is better.
         
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        09-08-2009, 10:10 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I started jumping way too early thanks to my first instructor, and it made me pick up horrible habits while jumping. Mainly not having a solid jumping position and having very weak legs.
    I would say start jumping when you have great balance at walk trot and canter and are able to control the speed of each gait.

    Good luck.
         
        09-14-2009, 08:44 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    I started jumping after 5 years of flatwork.
         
        09-14-2009, 10:55 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    It depends. I don't remember when I first started jumping, but they would have been very low.

    A lot of people say "after a year" but a year of riding is going to be very different. A year of riding one day a week is a lot less than a year riding three or more days a week.

    It also depends on your riding experience - if you are riding a 'real horse' with a 'real trainer' (vs. the near brain dead school horses and their often under qualified and under experienced teachers - 90% of riding schools) a year is going to go much further.

    I don't think you have to trot and canter bareback and what not. If you feel confident in your position taking a small caveletti probably wouldn't do much harm - the horse will most likely just trot over it. Ride a good horse though. Be prepared for a jump.
         
        09-14-2009, 12:51 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I began jumping after 2 years of dressage training.
         
        09-19-2009, 10:04 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Ugh, can you guys come counsel a little girl I have been helping get more ride time between lessons! She rode at a lesson barn for over a year, foot is home in the stirrup, leg swings, refuses to work without stirrups on a GAITED horse, and leans way to far forward! Unfortunately the lesson barn where she has been riding is now is starting to let her jump! I thought I was being mean when I said you have to work without stirrups a lot, before you will really be ready to do that safely, but a friend of mine who worked at another lesson barn said she has the same standards for her kids. So if any of you are tweens and have any advice on how to convey this to a peer, I would love the help! It's harder to create good habits when bad ones have been allowed for a year now.
         
        09-19-2009, 12:47 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I started real early, only because of my trainer. But no matter what always have a pro with you when you start to learn how to jump.
         

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