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post #1 of 17 Old 11-06-2016, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Talk some sense into me - jumping

My mare is nowhere close to ready to jump, we are still working on her gate sourness - getting much better, it's now called "gate gravity", easily overcome :)

Also, she never jumped before except some fallen branches as she used to be a western trail horse. And I'm no prodigy, highest I ever jumped was mayyyybe 70cm. And not often at all.

40 year old nervous novice with a newish horse which doesn't know how to jump, and there I am, looking at all sorts of obstacles and just knowing we could take them... Silly. Have at it, please :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-06-2016, 09:54 AM
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Get jumping lessons for yourself with a schoolmaster while your horse is with a trainer doing the same.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-06-2016, 10:15 AM
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Yes, you need to work with a teacher. Your horse may or may not need training but you do, to help your horse and to be safe.
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Head injuries while jumping go up 10-40 times (1,000-4,000%), depending on the study. That doesn't mean someone shouldn't jump, but it means jumping an untaught horse by a "40 year old nervous novice" would involve significant risk. Lessons. For both. Or accept a lot of risk, more than a helmet can overcome.

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40 year old nervous novice with a newish horse which doesn't know how to jump, and there I am, looking at all sorts of obstacles and just knowing we could take them...
You guys sound like me! I bought a former western trail horse who's never jumped about two months ago, have only jumped up to about 70cm myself, and am a somewhat nervous novice (despite my blog moniker, haha).

I second the idea of finding a good trainer and taking some jumping lessons on a schoolmaster. I'd been jumping consistently for about six months before I bought my horse on a pony that took jumps like a pro and really waited for me to find my balance before she took the fence, then I put him into training for about a month before my trainer and I started him over very tiny jumps just a couple of weeks ago. It's definitely doable, but you'll want to get your balance up before you start jumping on your horse, since horses that are new to jumping can do some pretty wonky things sometimes.

People will list off all of the stuff about how dangerous jumping is, but if it's what you want to do then I'll be a terrible safety advocate and say that you should go for it!
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-06-2016, 12:31 PM
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Really, it would be like you trying to teach someone to drive a car when you've never driven a car yourself (backing the car down the driveway doesn't count) and are scared of riding in the car in the first place. Only with a lot more danger involved because the car has a mind of its own.

As everyone else said, get lessons on a schoolmaster and send your horse for jump training if you REALLY want to do this.

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Think you all, consider sense talked into my thick novice head.

Doesn't mean it will stay there if I see a particularly grandiose mole hill ready to be jumped over, but it's there for now :)
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Wise decision. : )
But, just in case the bug bites you again, start a special savings account for training, lessons, all the proper tack and equipment and really good insurance.
Enjoy those mole hills!!!!!!!!
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Glad you are thinking this over.
I learned to jump after 40yo.
I trail ride but lots of obstacles on my trails and my horse would jump sometimes and I was clueless how to handle that. And I liked the thrill.

So, I took some jumping lessons. GO FOR IT!!! I'm talking about very low obstacles, but it's so much fun!
Now, at least I know how to follow the horse and get out of her way when we jump the occasional downed tree or ditch. It is very useful, even if I don't intend jump anything high in an arena.
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Glad you are thinking this over.
I learned to jump after 40yo.
I trail ride but lots of obstacles on my trails and my horse would jump sometimes and I was clueless how to handle that. And I liked the thrill.

So, I took some jumping lessons. GO FOR IT!!! I'm talking about very low obstacles, but it's so much fun!
Now, at least I know how to follow the horse and get out of her way when we jump the occasional downed tree or ditch. It is very useful, even if I don't intend jump anything high in an arena.
I've been jumping a bit, up to about 70cm, just not with this horse. I've even done a competition at 50cm, with all the kiddos - it was quite hilarious. So I'm familiar with how it's done, but I do need to practice.

You are quite right, it is very handy. My former instructor insisted that all her students practice jumping at low heights because you never know when you'll need it.

Just the other day, a girl had a bit of a misunderstanding with the horse she was riding and jumped over a large pile of branches - very unplanned :) That particular horse loves jumping, she took another kid over a 1m fence, also unplanned :)

Oh, and I just remembered a great show of horsemanship displayed by a dressage rider who never jumps. She was standing still next to the arena rail, about 1.3m high, talking to her friend. No-one knows why it happend, but her horse decides to jump the rail AND the friend from the standstill. Onto concrete. All we heard was the sounds of a horse cantering/galloping off. Just a bit later, they walk back in as if nothing happened. She got a big round of applause.
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