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Larra98 08-05-2009 04:27 PM

you and your horses first jump...
i've always enjoyed watching horse jumping and training to jump on youtube but since i am currently horseless, I can't do horse jumping. so tell me what your and/or your horses first jump was like. i am a good reader.

MIEventer 08-05-2009 05:15 PM

Ah ha ha ha, Nelson's and my first jump. Ah, that one is very memorable.

Nelson is a big 16.3hh TB Gelding, built like a Draft - very powerful, very thick, very forward. His previous owner at the time still owned him when I started to ride Nelson, but she bought a much younger horse and had Nelson up for sale - so she hired to me ride him for her to keep him in shape for her so that when potential buyers came to try him out, he was at his best.

So one day I wanted to jump CC with him - oh boy. The first fence I pointed him at was just a Novice 3 log pile, no more than 2'11". We approached the fence lovely and then just at the take off point KABOOM he turned from this fun loving, gentle horse that I knew *all we did previously was dressage or aka flat work in lessons* into this powerful, forward, heavy horse.

By the time I was able to bring him back down under control - we were clear on the other side of the CC course.

So at that point, Dorothy Crowell was coming to the barn for our local PC to give a Clinic. I singed up with Nelson - and thank god for someone of her knowledge, experience and understanding - because she showed me how to fix it...but before she had any clue as to how he jumped...she had to see us jump.

She set up a 3 jump combo for our 3 rider class. We were doing Novice with her - so the fences were mixed between 2'11" and 2'9". The combo strides, I cannot quite recall what they were, something like 4 to 5? Or maybe 3 - 4? I don't remember....but Nelson took the strides in much shorter distances than required.

He took the 4 in 2, and the 5 in 3 - it was rediculous. When we approached the first fence, we were rhythmic, steady tempo, we were both locked into it - and then BAM he became that powerful horse I knew would show its' ugly face.

I was standing up in my irons trying to bring him back under me - nope...didn't work.

That was when Dorothy pulled us off to the side and worked with us for sometime while the rest of the class worked on the combination with her assistant.

Seat into Legs into Hands to Soften is what she taught me. She showed me allot on how to incorporate it, and if you give a horse something to lean into - they'll take it.

Now, because I was taught how to ride him correctly, I have an amazing horse. Many jumps came after, under control. lol.

Jillyann 08-05-2009 05:16 PM

Well, I dont have any cool stories or anything, but this is the first time free jumping my mare...:lol:

ridingismylife2 08-05-2009 06:01 PM

I've never had my own horse but I remember my first jump in a lesson (at my old barn). It wasn't a jumping lesson but we jumped sometimes (we also played mounted games). The instructor didn't know that I had never jumped before so I jumped the same height as everyone else ( about 2ft). I was too shy back then to tell her and I couldn't speak Finnish too well so I was like, 'ok...I can do this'. xD
I wasn't scared or anything. I just tried to do what everyone else did and did pretty well for a first timer. haha... (This happened a few years ago)
Now I have jumping lessons every week :D

Pintaloosa 08-05-2009 06:31 PM

Well are you looking for a jumper? I have a friend selling hers.

My first time jumping was bareback ofer 2ft. I was on a 16hh paint mare. and it was amazing.

1dog3cats17rodents 08-05-2009 07:29 PM

My first time jumping, I jumped four foot on a hot, spirited horse.

Well, maybe it was more like a 6 inch cross pole on a dead broke lesson pony, but that's not how it felt!

SpiritJordanRivers 08-05-2009 07:32 PM

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I have a 6 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding named Spirit. He broke his leg when he was little, so at first we would only jumped twice (BUT I just got the OK to jump really small jumps now and I'm SO excited!!! <3). We jumped the lowest possible crossrail a couple times bareback (only have a western saddle and I didn't want to use it). He was pretty good even though most TN Walkers are not naturally great jumpers. Got some video still shots though :)

MIEventer 08-05-2009 07:36 PM

1dog3cats17rodents 08-05-2009 07:39 PM

I love his side/belly marking, it's so cool!

SpiritJordanRivers 08-05-2009 07:41 PM

Thank you! He's the cow horse :P

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