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kchfuller 11-03-2008 02:52 PM

i have never seen this b4
So my mare will just trot over the jumps that i set up (nothing bigger then a foot since she is just starting) ... i can put something up to like almost 2 feet in the round pen and she will actually jump that stuff but i don't want to rush her into something bigger then she is ready for. Should i just suck it up and let her trot over things? I want to have a strong foundation b4 i move her up. She is an OTTB ... thanks for any advice you guys have to offer. I have never had a horse do this with me before.

Painted Ride 11-03-2008 03:20 PM

how old is she? how long has she been "off"....when dod you start her?...i have actually seen horses jump over jumps that were already set up...we just chalked it up to " well they really must love their jobs"hehe...if you just started i would stay at about a foo for at least a month!! jmo

Chiefie 11-03-2008 04:32 PM

A foot isn't very high but if she is just trotting over it then let her :) Usually means that they're calm at least!
If youre an experienced jumper then it's safe to keep increasing the heights at whatever rate she is comfortable with, most OTTBs I've seen are keen jumpers. You could always try a grid, ie a few 1 foot ones with say a 2foot at the end and see if she trots it or jumps it!

Supermane 11-03-2008 04:41 PM

I wouldn't worry about it at all my gelding still does that on any jump 2 feet or under. Some horses, won't start really caring about a jump until it gets a little higher.

kchfuller 11-03-2008 10:19 PM

she is lazy and loves life so i bet she is just not putting in any more work then needed lol ... yeah i have been riding/taking lessons since i was 8 and im 25 now, so i have LOTS of experience. I just wanted to know if you guys had delt with that before, i have always ridden horses who jump anything so it's weird to me, or maybe i haven't jumped such little jumps in a long time.

she is 5, been off the track a year and i started at the ground with training her. I wanted her to have a good foundation. i started building a relationship/pleasure riding her as soon as i got her. I was always waiting for her to blow a fuse or act up like a race horse but she is so chill ... i am very blessed.

Thanks guys!

ScarlettPompey 11-07-2008 08:33 AM

Hi there - she sounds great!

If she feels quite balanced, I normally plan out training incorporating a progression through trooting poles to cavalettis to grid work.
As well as helping progress with jumping, i actually think it sharpens up the horse and provides a good mental work out.

Hope all goes well!

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