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Learning to jump
I'm teaching me and my paint mare to jump small crossrails (no more than about a foot) by myself because I can't afford lessons. I tend to go into two point too early and my mare hits the rails with her back feet often. Does anyone have any tips to help us? I am just jumping for fun though and never plan to show.
Also, I have been cantering my mare over ground poles (we only trot over jumps so far) and whenever she goes over she jumps the pole and does a lead change at the same time! She does this on both leads. Does anyone know why?
I just want to say I don't think it's really a smart idea to have a rider that is learning to jump to teach a green horse to jump. That is just my opinion..I think it's best to learn on a horse that knows what he is doing, then pass on what you learned to your green horse.
But anyway, when I was learning to jump, my trainer would always tell me; wait for the jump to come to you, try and sit all the way until the horses front feet leave the ground. This is a little difficult to do if you don't have strong legs and good feel for the horse. Going into 2-point too early can make your horse take a too long of a spot. Since you are only trotting that should not be an issue, unless the horse takes a few canter strides before the jump.
You should try setting up some ground poles, at a trotting distance (about 4.5 feet apart) then after about 3 or 4 ground poles set up your small cross rail (also about 4.5 after the last ground pole). Then just trot right through the whole thing, even the cross rail...don't two point over it, just post over it. This will help with seeing the correct spot, and help you get a feel for your horse.
The reason she could be switching her lead over the jump is because you are throwing her off balance.
Hope this helps.
With the ground pole, if I am throwing her off balance, how do I stop this?
You can either be throwing her off balance because maybe you are switching your weight around, or you are changing her bend, or you could not be secure enough. I obviously have no clue if you are doing any of this since I've never seen you ride, but they are just some things that can throw a horse off balance.
Setting up ground poles and just trotting for now, as I stated before, will really help you and the horse get the correct feel for jumping and balance.
But if you want to canter ground poles without her switching her lead, try to keep her bent to the inside keep your inside hand and shoulder up and push her out with your inside leg.
Yeah, I know what you mean. I ride a horse that jumps ground poles like they are 3 feet high, but after I canter her over them a couple times she realizes that they are just ground poles.
But trying the poles in a round pen won't hurt
Why don't u try lunging her over them with out u on her and then if u have a friend with a pony just ask if u can practice on her cuz that's how I did it I really didn't learn I just thought I want to jump so I did all u need to no is jumping position and lightseat but lightseat isnt as important hope this helps xx
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