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steffanicgirl 05-08-2008 08:10 PM

Starting Jumping
I am trying to "bombproof" my yearling filly, so I'm working on everything I can possibly think of! Anyway, I would like to start setting up small crossrails (no higher than 3-6 inches?) when lunging to get her to pick up her feet and use her body. However, she just either 1) stops at the jump and walks over or 2) plows through the jump and knocks everything over.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting her to get over it correctly? I've never trained a horse to jump, they've always had pretraining and I've just "helped" them along :-) Thanks much!

Sara 05-08-2008 08:25 PM

She's a little young for that sort of work.

PoptartShop 05-08-2008 08:40 PM

Yeah, that is a bit young for her, but anyway.
Maybe try walking up with her to the jump? Maybe get her @ a trot, & run next to her. :D Then she'll prolly jump over it.

steffanicgirl 05-08-2008 08:50 PM

Huh, I've always heard that light working them young is good for them, but who knows. I guess I'll just have to wait, like I said I've never started a young horse on jumps so I'm experimenting ;-)

Sara 05-08-2008 08:54 PM

Its just that yearlings aren't really ready physically (or mentally) for jumping. The fact that your filly is trying says that she wants to please you, but she just doesn't have the balance yet. I applaud that you are working with her regularly, but I would stick to ground poles and obstacle courses :)

upnover 05-09-2008 10:21 AM

I'd have to agree, while lightly working a yearling is a good idea, jumping (even if small) puts quite a bit of stress on their joints (and minds!). Lengthy lunging is also too much of a strain for a horse that young, but I'd lightly lunge over some trot poles. She'll start getting the idea of where to put her legs which is a good step towards jumping. In the meantime I'd focus primarily on a good solid foundation of ground work.

PoptartShop 05-16-2008 12:20 PM

Trot poles would be good to start with. :D

Emma7442 05-20-2008 05:50 AM

My horse is 17 but he still does that on his lazy days :)

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