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    09-30-2013, 11:29 AM
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Foal
Help with riding lessons!

I've had 8 riding lessons and wanted to know more or less when I start jumping. I'm not afraid of falling, I almost fell in the last class because the horse was stubborn! I still have many lessons to start jumping? Thank you :P
     
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    09-30-2013, 11:32 AM
  #2
Yearling
You will jump when your ready. Your building a foundation that will last your your entire life and if it is rushed it can lead to a lot of problems down the road. Just do as your instructor says and you'll jump when your ready
     
    09-30-2013, 12:28 PM
  #3
Foal
I've been having lessons for 3 years and I started to properly jump higher than a teeny cross pole about a year and a half ago, don't rush it, you need a good foundation before you start jumping, at least being balanced in walk, trot and canter and also practicing 2-point, theres a lot more to learn and its not just about being afraid of falling, take your time.
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    09-30-2013, 12:30 PM
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Super Moderator
It's good that you are not afraid of falling, and have such enthusiasum and self confidence. I hope you really enjoy the lessons, but 8 lessons is the tiniest drop in the bucket. Wait until you can talk about how many YEARS you have been taking lessons!
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    09-30-2013, 12:33 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Francisco Abreu    
I'm not afraid of falling, I almost fell in the last class because the horse was stubborn!
If you almost fell off because your horse was stubborn, you're no where near ready to be jumping.

When jumping you must have utmost control of yourself and the horse, and you can actually mess the horse up if you don't know what you're doing by yanking on his mouth or slamming back into the saddle etc.

Enjoy the journey, there are lots of great things to learn and master and you instructor will know when it's time.

It's funny, the longer you ride, the more you realize how much there is to know...I started when I was around 13 or 14 (took a long break) and am 53 now and there's still more to learn.
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    09-30-2013, 12:35 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by EponaLynn    
If you almost fell off because your horse was stubborn, you're no where near ready to be jumping.

When jumping you must have utmost control of yourself and the horse, and you can actually mess the horse up if you don't know what you're doing by yanking on his mouth or slamming back into the saddle etc.

Enjoy the journey, there are lots of great things to learn and master and you instructor will know when it's time.

It's funny, the longer you ride, the more you realize how much there is to know...I started when I was around 13 or 14 (took a long break) and am 53 now and there's still more to learn.
Thanks, but I almost fell cause the horse was going crazy, and im strong and tall that's why I didnt fell of the horse
     
    09-30-2013, 01:30 PM
  #7
Trained
Depending on which study you believe, jumping increases the chance of serious injury 10 to 40-fold. There was a time instructors tried to get their students jumping in 12-20 lessons. But back then, if someone broke their shoulder or neck riding, the courts would ignore it.

Given the added danger, most instructors are going to want you to be a decent rider on the flats before they will start you jumping.

Not being afraid of falling means you do not understand what is at risk. One doesn't need to be paranoid, but a single fall can leave you in a wheelchair for life. Helmets reduce risk of head injury by 50-75%...but jumping probably increases risk by at least 1,000%. Take your time, and you may have a lifetime of riding ahead of you. As in most sports, getting the foundations right will help you do well for many years to come.
     
    09-30-2013, 01:35 PM
  #8
Weanling
My daughter has been taking lessons for 3 years. She may start jumping this summer.

Her coach does not believe in rushing to jump. The rider must be ready, not only mentally, but physically. Her coach required the rider to be able to post and canter without stirrups before then can even begin to think about jumping...because she says you WILL lose your stirrups and you must be able to keep control no matter what.
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    09-30-2013, 02:22 PM
  #9
Weanling
I would say just take your time and enjoy the time you do have on the horse. Some people don't have the luxury of riding horses at all (horseback riding can be expensive!). You'll get to jumping eventually!
     
    09-30-2013, 02:48 PM
  #10
Yearling
Why should you necessarily EVER do jumping? (Bar hopping over small creeks & ditches.) Is it your goal?
     

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