Horse and I aren't at same level. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 12-09-2015, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Horse and I aren't at same level.

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So I've posted a bit about my TW horse whom i was training to jump. Where I live it is dominantly western. We were lucky to find a trainer who knew anything about eventing. We've been with him a few months and recently he told us that he couldn't continue training me for long because he does not know much more about english. The thing is, I feel more advanced then my horse. Im getting bored just jumping 1 foot with him. I need a challenge but he is not ready. Any ideas on what I should do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-10-2015, 12:17 AM
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I would try raising the jump bit by bit even the smallest amount each day to build up your horses confidence. And do groundwork and see if he'll do any free jumping. Baby steps help these big animals.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-10-2015, 07:55 AM
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It seems to me that it is not a "better" horse that you need, but a knowledgeable trainer.
Jumping is not really about jumping high, but about precision, controlling distance and the horse's stride. Of course, the horse's scope and ability comes in at some point, but every pony can jump 3 feet.

There are many things that seem "boring", as in not adrenaline-rush inducing, but that are really helpful and necessary to progress. Even with cavaletti or poles, or on the flat, you can practice to shorten and lengthen strides, control, angles, estimate distances properly etc. Chances are this will be more helpful to you and your horse than just jumping high.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-10-2015, 08:13 AM
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Find, study, read. An education is not given, but taken. Many of us old people had to become our own trainers out of necessity. So we went to the library, and studied things translated from other languages that were way above our reading level, and so we progressed.

I recommend Lucinda Green.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-10-2015, 08:19 AM
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I agree with Regula - jumping requires so many other skills that don't involve the actual jump. You need someone who can help you master your two-point (my coach's daughter once made her stay in two-point for almost a whole lesson), balance your position properly, measure and adjust your horse's stride (this means lengthening and collecting his stride which is not easy to do!) so he is approaching the jump correctly, getting him to land on the right lead, etc. etc. The jumping is just the icing on the cake. Can your current trainer help you with any of those things? Is there no way you can find someone who can, even if it's just an occasional lesson to steer you in the right direction? Jumping is so totally different than riding western - I understand why this trainer is reluctant.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-11-2015, 10:04 AM
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I agree once again, it's not always about how high you are jumping. Higher jumps shouldn't be done without good, productive work on the other aspects (distance, collection, extending, etc.). That being said, once you feel you have total control over the horse in these aspects, there isn't much you can do aside from slowly raising the rails.
Another fun exercise to do is cavalettis as well as creating small gymnastics. It's a learning curve for the horse but it is so rewarding when they "get it".
If it is a challenge/excitement you are looking for, instead of getting an already trained horse that will jump higher, challenge yourself to work with this one and make him capable of the higher jumps. Often time's it's not the boredom of an untrained horse but the lack of willingness to teach the green horse. Its a different kind of challenge/excitement but still an exciting challenge none the less.
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