How hard is it to train a horse to jump?
Okay I'm fairly experienced with horses... my last horse was excitable and uncoordinated and he got better when I worked with him. But I'm still not very confident in my training abilities. I'm looking to buy a horse and I found this one horse that is great and in my budget, but she doesn't have a lot of jumping experience (which is what I want to do). Would it be a bad idea to buy her?
How long have you yourself jumped? At what level? With what kind of horses? (Old school masters, or a horse that will throw you some fast balls?) Do you have a trainer that could offer you advice as you go? Sometimes, the make or break point when making training decisions is whether you have a good "crew" of knowledgeable people behind you that are confident in their horse training abilities.
If you have no reason to believe the horse would not make a good jumping prospect, ask the current owners if you can free jump the horse before you decide. Jumping is a natural movement, but horses are smart enough to see all sorts of ways around the jump as opposed to over it. Just because a horse "can" do something, doesn't make them a great prospect for it. What is it that you know you like about the horse other than affordability?
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