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  • When the child starts jumping
  • When should children start jumping a horse?

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    05-02-2008, 04:10 PM
Originally Posted by brittx6x6
At my barn you have to be able to trot, positng and sitting, and canter. You also have to be able to steer and be able to keep the horse off the rail for at least 1 lap. You also have to be able to 2 point 5 laps around without taking a break. Then you go into at least one group lesson to make sure you can ride with others then you can start jumping. I know it sounds like this would take forever but with some kids it doesn't take them more than a few months where it takes longer for other kids who can't get the rythm down as quickly.
Not at all, this is good.

When take on students, they have to be able to do the following before they'll be able to jump:
- Walk, trot and canter with soft hands that aren't pulling on the horse's mouth
- Be able to slow and stop the horse
- Circle properly and be able to steer effectively
- Balance in a two-point for a few laps around the arena

My students don't and won't jump before they're ready, less it end badly for them and their horses.
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    05-03-2008, 06:20 AM
Wow 6 is young to start. I also think that if a child isint ready and falls while jumping they might be more scared to continue then and older child or adult, as we know we can fall it can happen, and we know usuaslly how to prevent it, being younger (under 7ish) sometimes means that they can't tell when a horse might do something which can put them both in danger, so they need to be ready before they start anything.
    05-04-2008, 08:30 PM
I teach for a living a wouldn't start teaching jumping untill they can walk, trot, canter and be able to stear in canter, I would teach jump postion and do pole work before progressing on to small jumps.
    05-04-2008, 08:33 PM
6 isn't that young to start my little sis who's 13 now, was sat on horse's before she could walk!! At 3 & 1/2 she did the lead rein class at Royal Windsor and could do rising trot by then!!
    05-05-2008, 07:26 PM
It depends on the child and how long the kid has been riding. My dad started letting me go over logs and stuff in the bush when I was about 7 but I had been riding since before I could remember. I think if a 7 year old has only been riding since he was 6 or 7 then he probably shouldnt be jumping yet. But, if the child has the ability then so be it

In this situation though it sounds as if the trainer was incredibly irresponsible. If a kid can't steer the kid can't ride and if you can't ride you can't jump. Anyone with half a brain could figure that out :roll: some people
    05-05-2008, 11:26 PM
It really depends on the child...I definitely agree that a child that can hardly post should not be going over cross-rails. Groundpoles maybe...but not even low low cross-rails.

At my barn once the kids can post around the arena 4 times without stopping...getting the right diagnol, know how to switch diagnols. Then she'll start them working on two point while walking over ground poles...then trotting over groundpoles.
After they perfect all of that, then they move onto low cross-rails (like on the first hole)
    05-05-2008, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jazzyrider
if a kid can't steer the kid can't ride and if you can't ride you can't jump. Anyone with half a brain could figure that out :roll: some people
you'd think so, right? :roll:

Ugh, it just drives me crazy. I don't care how much money a kid has or how many people I want to take to shows, they're not jumping until they're ready! And at our barn? That means you can canter and steer without stirrups with proper equitation. I just don't get it..
    06-01-2008, 05:36 AM
This doesnt reali occur to me as after 10 lessons of just trotting I got my pony, and tht was 3 years ago now and I have onli just started to jump

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