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post #11 of 17 Old 11-08-2016, 08:47 AM
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Definitely get a trainer involved. It will help you AND the horse.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-08-2016, 09:13 AM
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Hi Horsef, All!

I'm pretty sure they are born knowing how to jump. I don't know about jumping over poles in an arena, but jumping over logs on the trail is fun. Even George will hop over the occasional log for me. Start small, and wear your safety gear. If you don't already have one, consider getting a vest. I find the foam eventing vests too hot for summer trail riding, but I wear my HitAir inflatable vest all of the time; a wearable airbag!
They are kind of expensive, but all it has to do is save one trip to the ER to more than pay for it's self. As far as I'm concerned, saving me the pain of landing on my 62yo back in the dirt (which it has done a couple of times), makes it my favorite piece of riding apparel :-)

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See if you can find a young experienced person to do some training rides on your horse over fences.

I've had many requests from nervous/novice/cautious riders asking to put their horse over a few fences before they hop on and go.

It's not bad to see how your horse reacts and jumps from the ground setting.

Also, take a lesson in free jumping with your horse and an experienced trainer in addition to jumping lessons on a schoolmaster. This exercise allows your horse to figure out the fences without rider weight or accidental interference.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-09-2016, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it's going to have to be jumping...my mare spooked today and I ENJOYED IT :/ Me, the queen of all things safe and non-scary.

This tells me I'm getting bored. I currently take five lessons a week, every week and my instructor rides her twice a week. I'll ask her if she thinks we could start some small jumps. I think she'll go for it. She already has us "jumping" over raised cavalletti.

I wear all of the safety gear I can physically fit on my body already. I look like a Ninja Turtle just for flat work, but thank you for thinking of my safety and thank you for great advice, as always:)

Grandiose mole hills, here we come :)
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Oh, just to clarify, I cannot take jumping lessons on a schoolmaster because we have no such offering in the entire country. It's a very non-horsey country and the level of instruction and horses leaves a lot of room for improvement.

The horses I learnt to jump on are quite unpredictable with bucking, kicking out at other horses, tanking off and general mayhem. And those are the cream of the crop :/ I feel much safer on my mare, even if she doesn't know how to jump. We'll just go slowly.
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If you really don't have access to anyone to help, start developing your two point position. Start by trotting into the jumps with a hand full of mane, fairly loose reins, in your two point. That way you don't have to worry about your hands or moving over the fence.
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-09-2016, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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If you really don't have access to anyone to help, start developing your two point position. Start by trotting into the jumps with a hand full of mane, fairly loose reins, in your two point. That way you don't have to worry about your hands or moving over the fence.
My instructor does jump, just not terribly high, up to 1m, so I'm sure she'll be able to help. I'm not planning on going that high in any case :) I was just talking about taking lessons on schoolmasters - those are sadly lacking around here.

I have been doing a lot of two point work over cavalletti so we'll just raise them a bit, I think :)

And I will put a stop to it if I feel my mare isn't coping. So far she hasn't tried to avoid poles and cavalletti so I'll take it as a good sign.

Thank you for the advice.
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