Would it be possible?

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        07-20-2009, 06:08 PM
    Would it be possible?

    To teach Rainy to jump? She's 4 and has never really been exposed to jumping before. Before, when I took her over a few 6 inch jumps, she got frightened and reared. Do you think it's just a complete lost cause, or is there any possibility of teaching her to jump? I don't have much interest in competing, but I think it'd be interesting for us to do to switch things up a bit. Any and all suggestions and opinions are welcome, if you'd like to see pictures, I can post a few, or you can catch out Rainy's page.
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        07-20-2009, 06:17 PM
    Lunge her over jumps first. For a while
        07-20-2009, 07:04 PM
    Originally Posted by SaleeColashlas    
    Lunge her over jumps first. For a while
    I totally agree.

    Horses, when first introduced to jumping, should be lunged over small jumps or free jumped in an arena over small jumps. You want the horse to gain confidence over the jumps without the worry of carrying a rider.
    Confidence is a big big big factor in jumping, the horse has to figure out how to move its legs to jump and gain confidence that it can successfully do it, just as people have to work at something to gain confidence.

    Start with very small jumps to lunge/free jump her over, and under saddle I would do a lot of trotting poles and cavaletti. Once she goes over the poles/cavaletti confidently under saddle, and is jumping the small jumps as if they are nothing (confidently) then I would start jumping TINY jumps under saddle until she feels comfortable going over them and is relaxed (Important!) over them.

    I think any horse can jump, if you start them correctly and slowly.

    Good luck! :)
        07-20-2009, 07:47 PM
    Thanks so much! =) I think I'll lunge her over a few tomorrow, if I can get the chance. Still looking for more info, if anyone wants.
        07-20-2009, 08:50 PM
    First of all, I love your saying at the bottom of your page I agree with everyone else. When I first taught my horse to jump, I lunged her over small cavaletti's and worked my way up to riding her when I felt comfortable and when I felt she was ready. Good luck !!
        07-20-2009, 09:33 PM
    Haha, thanks. I found it on another website, and thought it was hilarious. Anyway, sounds like you all know what you're doing (since you guys all agreed), so that's going to be my plan of action. =) I'll make sure to give you all updates on how well things go.
        07-21-2009, 01:05 AM
    Yeah, just take it slow with her. Lunging her over them is the best bet, so she can kinda get a feel for them. Tell us how it goes!
        07-21-2009, 03:51 PM
    Okay, so I lunged her today after getting her nice and tired (lol, she's very very hyper, so I thought that would be best.) and she did great! I thought today would be best, since, while cantering, Rainy decided to jump over a cone that's about 1 1/2 ft. AND-she cleared it! Then, on the way back from a trail ride, she jumped a little 'ravine' (as we call it, since it was made by water running through an area). It was scary, but kinda fun.


    But yes, she did very good. Only knocked them over a few times, and actually ended up jumping over them a couple times! =) And on Thursday we're having an actual lessons on jumping, which will be helpful. =)
        07-21-2009, 07:11 PM
    Thats great, it will go really well for you ! Good luck !!

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