How Often Do YOU Jump?
I'm simply curious, because quite frankly.. I've heard LOTS of different ideas on this topic. I know a girl in Mexico that jumps her horse a meter 1.10-1.50 4/5 times a week. I personally feel that this is far too much. But that's just my opinion.
Some people think that you should only jump your horse every couple weeks, others say once a week, and some jump multiple times a week. I've purchased books that say more than once a week. But to me, it really depends on the horse and the height.
I typically jump my boy(really depending on his attitude and the weather), once a week. Two times a week at the max. But he has also only been training up to 3ft at the most so far.
So, how often do you jump your horse a week? What do you think is too much or too little? Please share.
Usually once a week. Sometimes two, sometimes none, but very rarely more than that.
Well I am new to jumping so my trainer has us jumping only once a month (before a show, only low hunter). Probably step it up before final show of the season, to maybe once or twice week, I set a goal of doing jumper class at that one. Hmmmm, we'll see......
it varies on the horse, their training, conditioning, and level of work. every horse - just like every person - is different. one olympic athlete's training palan may be different than the next based on their body, metabolism, and more.
for my horses it is all different. i try not to jump my foxhunter more than once a week at home and usually just a single jump or two up to 4' or so, and then the day of the hunt/pace itself. the rest of the time we focus on flat work with an emphasis on trot. if we have a competition a week back to back to back for a few weeks, he may have time off other than just longing once or twice in between and no riding other than the pace because of our territory's aggressive terrain and jumps.
my clyde cross is far different. we usually jump every hack - but just once. rarely do we actually work OF, with a bigger focus on dressage bc of his body mass and weight. the dressage keeps him fit and sound and since we event, is the foundation for all of our work. despite his height (nearly 17.3), we don't usually jump more than 3' because at his weight (near 1800#) i'd like to have a sound horse for a long time. however we DO jump at the end of every school at home over a 2'3" coop (tiny tiny) without reins. it's his reward, and at his size, he basically just takes a canter stride over it, and mentally it's his "thank you" for the hard work and focus on the dressage.
every horse is different, but the moral of the story is know your horse and make sure whatever you're doing is right for them!
if a young horse horse is having trouble with something i might jump the same exercise every day for a week until they really get it.
if im competing a better trained horse i will jump them higher but less times per week. my 6yo, for example, i took to a 2 day xc clinic on monday and tuesday. she got a day off and flat riding until sat and sunday when we jumped at a show. then she got a week of light flat work and then jumping at a show on saturday and sunday. if they are good at their job its more about keeping them fit and fresh then jumping them a certain number of times per week.
I trail so I'll give you my daughter's schedule who is training for BN. She rides three to four times a week. She jumps one or two days a week. This is on a horse that has no problem jumping and has good energy so he doesn't get tired too often, however he is learning to jump so we aren't cantering over meters, thank god for her sake. When she jump my kid and her horse go over 12-18 inches about 10-15 times mostly trotting but maybe one canter.
I lease and don't own, but I usually only jump him once a week. Sometimes I'll go over a LOW cross-rail (like, a few inches high) on my free ride, but usually I concentrate on flat work. Now, this is just him, and it depends on what's happening.
For example, I have a show on Saturday that features a jump, and I we only went over it once during my lesson (I'm pretty sure. Maybe twice). So I had a bigger emphasis on jumping during my free ride on Monday. But, he had a proper warm up and cool-down and I did a lot more flat work than jumping.
At the height I jump at currently (1' for verticals, maybe a tad more) I'd be comfortable jumping him about two days a week, but that's still assuming that my ride is going to be more flat than jumping.
This varies greatly with me. At the moment once maybe twice a week. In the last year my generally trend was one at the most, sometimes I went a month or two without jumping at all.
Usually I jump maybe the same jump 3-4 times. Then I'm finished, it's usually when he's really up himself and I need him to calm down and boy does my boy LOVE jumping, he is ADDICTED to it. Once a month he gets to do a course.
I think it depends on the horse. If you've got a horse that needs the extra work, 4 times a week might be good for him. I would never do more than 4 days of jumping though. 7 days of riding, sure, but flat.
But Cowboy, and horses like him, that are cool, calm, collected, and are just fine with jumping, I would only work at most 3 times a week, if aproaching a show. If the horse is at least 6. Now Cowboy is 4, and we only jump once a week. Period. IMO, he's too young for too much.
I ride pretty much every other day and we only jump once a week, maybe twice if I'm extra frustrated with something. :|
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