When To Raise The Jumps?

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    04-07-2013, 06:45 PM
When To Raise The Jumps?

I've started to teach my Standardbred mare to jump on the lunge line. I've constructed a very small jump that consists of a cedar pole that sits on top of two rubber feed pans, and it's about 32cm. She's handling it really well, and seems overly excited about learning something new for once. I was wondering when I should raise the jump, and approximately how high I should raise it?
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    04-07-2013, 10:03 PM
When you feel she's ready... If you can tell here is some advice! I would normally look for a smooth approach and ride away because you do not want a horse that rushes small jumps to go any higher. She should tuck her back legs nicely and it should seem almost to easy for her. Like for example I have a 14'3 mare who is jumping 3'6 and will go higher. But some 15'3 horses can only jump 3' so it all depends on what you think she is ready for. Then if you still can't tell I would ask someone more advanced than you are in jumping to watch her go over. And personally I would go up to a two foot crossrail (or lower) Hope this helped!!
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    04-07-2013, 10:10 PM
    04-09-2013, 09:48 PM
I was able to get pictures of her tonight, my mom came out with me. Feel free to critique her on how she is doing!
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    04-21-2013, 12:25 PM
I thought she was a mustang from that mark on her neck lol. She is easily jumping that 2 1/2 ft. And that jump is small. I would the jump a little bigger and see how she hops over it.
    04-21-2013, 04:33 PM
Haha you're not the first person to think she was a different breed, my vet thought she was a warmblood! Thanks, I have raised it a little bit, she's now going at about 1.8 feet. http://25.media.tumblr.com/66273b007...w4cto1_400.gif
    05-11-2013, 06:33 PM
I like her jump. It reminds me of my pony, another horse that jumps waaaaay higher than the jump!
    05-23-2013, 09:11 AM
Good looking girl! I would raise the jump a few inches and let her jump. Keep an eye on her ears....that's usually the first sign that the horse may be having doubts about the obstacle in front of them. If she keeps her ears forward and keeps her forward motion, that's good. If she sees the jump, and as she approaches her ears are all over the place, that's a sign she's not completely confident (or just might not want to jump).
    05-23-2013, 01:42 PM
You could raise to 30". Be sure to walk along with her as she clears the jump to allow her to land straight.
    05-23-2013, 02:07 PM
Jumping a horse is such a rush that you want to go higher fast. Really, jumping a course is more about riding your horse obediently from one jump to the next. SERIOUS hunters/jumpers are schooled ad nauseum on the flat so that the rider can make split second decisions at a show or 3-day to turn sharp and cut the time, or to add or subtract a stride. WithOUT extensive flat schooling your horse doesn't have the confidence he needs to handle jumps he has never seen and trust your decisions that these are safe.
THEREFORE, I'd stay at your current height for the WHOLE SUMMER. You already said your horse isn't completely comfortable with what you are doing.
When you train a hunter/jumper, one exercise is to jump verticals from the walk or from the halt. You constantly teach new skills using smaller jumps. Often the jumping course itself is taught using just poles on the ground--secured.
HEIGHT is not the issue. SCOPE is. Every horse should be trained to jump an 18" tall cavaletti, IMO bc most of us like to trail ride and will encounter small obstacles. You don't want to risk your horse's fear of a log on a trail when there is no way around it. HOWEVER, some horses have scope and can carry you comfortably over obstacles. The other horses don't have scope. When you jump THEM, you are thrown about on the landing.
Just some food for thought...
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