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.
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.