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ApollozMama 03-21-2011 03:31 AM

Interested in teaching my horse and myself to jump
I'm not completely new to jumping...I used to jump when I was younger but it's been quite a while and I've never done tried it with a horse that hadn't already been trained to jump.

I have a 5 year old quarter horse/thoroughbred cross who's currently only been ridden (to my knowledge) in the western style.
I myself, am out of practice when it comes to riding english however it is the discipline I was raised with so I'm HOPING it comes back to me. Unfortunately alot of the terminology is lost on me now :(

In the mean time I have a couple of questions regarding teaching a horse to jump.
1.) Is it best to lunge the horse or work without a line?
2.) What movies/books could I get to help me get started?
3.) Do you need to start with an english saddle when he's ready for me to jump with him or could I start with a western saddle and then work into an english saddle?

Is there any advice anyone could share to help me get started?
I'm hoping to eventually get into competitions with him, but I want to start from the beginning since this will be all new to him and I want to make the transitions as easy on both of us as possible haha.
Thanks so much!

RedTree 03-21-2011 04:41 AM

Well you would want to start with trot poles thats for sure :)

I'm not to sure about any good books or movies, maybe invest in some lessons

I think you could jump in a western saddle, but wouldn't it hurt?, theres the horn and if you lean forward you will get that straight in your gut

PintoTess 03-21-2011 06:14 AM

A newbie jumping and a newbie horse jumping doesn't mix. Start on an old school master and work your way up :D I know you said you have jumped before but that was a while ago. I would get back into it again and build your way up to teaching your horse. I would jump in an english saddle. Also get a few lessons maybe??

Good luck!!

MyBoyPuck 03-21-2011 06:27 PM

101 Jumping Exercises is a good book for bringing both horse and rider slowly into jumping. Just be honest with yourself about when you're ready to move onto the next exercise.

CJ82Sky 03-22-2011 11:46 AM

i agree with myboypuck, and also recommend that you budget for some jumping lessons for yourself and some training sessions for your horse. even if it is just once a month, it will make a HUGE difference. jumping is something (imo) that you should work with a professional on for safety reasons - and having a lesson even every so often will give you valuable feedback on both you and your horse with regards to position, form, and technique. good luck!

bsms 03-22-2011 11:51 AM

See this thread:

The numbers are not high quality, but jumping involves a lot more risk than riding on the flat. I wouldn't advise taking it up on an untrained horse without at least taking some lessons to reduce your risk. Not saying you shouldn't jump, just that lessons would reduce your chance of serious injury.

ButtInTheDirt 03-23-2011 09:52 PM

A western trained horse SHOULD be able to do anything just as good as an englished trained one [and vise versa]. Sure, an english saddle might be a tad bit more comfortable to jump in, but if you don't mind the horn than anything is possible. In western trail classes students usually have to jump over obstacles.
I use natural horsemanship methods, which is amazing with jumping. I've never ridden a jump, but my boy will jump over them pretty great. (I am not comfortable with riding him yet, I have ridden plenty of other horses, though.) The training pretty much is "you will go over whatever obstacle that is in front of you because you trust me to know you are safe" sort of thing. Whether it is poles on the ground, or barrels, if I point my horse in that direction I'd expect him not to give a second thought to it unless their is any immidiate danger. (Like do not jump off a cliff, for example.)

When I start working with jumping I would lunge the horse with me on the ground. Then start encorperating jumps into it. First small poles, then maybe tubes, then maybe sideways tipped barrels, and then actual jumps or even larger logs. For movies and books just go on the internet and watch videos on youtube. Look up natural horsemanship jumping because it will give you an idea of what I'm talking about.

With the saddle, you can start introducing it during lessons. First day just let him sniff it, set it on his back and take it off again. The next day actually sinch it up, walk him around (with you on the ground) and take it off. The third lesson should be a good chance to start working with the new saddle. Do the lunging (with you on the ground) and have him trot around, get the feel. Maybe even try some jumps or poles. Fourth day, if he's taking to it well, lay on him a bit with that saddle on. Maybe get up on him and ride him around a bit. Nothing too vigorous. You can just keep on switching to the english saddle from there.
I hope things go well! I am no proffessional jumper, seeing as I have never even ridden a jump. But I'm pretty good with teaching things from the ground up. I'm sure if I hopped on my horse and tried to jump him I'd fall off by my own error. xD

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