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4-H is over and it doesn't start till next year. I have Blu at the fairgrounds for another week, I think. I am going to sign up for English riding next year. Is there anything I can do here to get a head-start? Blu can jump he tucks his front feet fairly well. The highest I've jumped with him was an oxer about at his chest. I don't have any English tack yet but maybe even for Christmas I can get some. Any suggestions....
 

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Blu, what do you really want to know about english. I have experience riding both western and english, but more so english. I do know one thing, the english saddle to some feels a lot more vulnerable i guess the word would be, because it doesnt give you the same sense of stability that the western does. Also the stirrup length is generally shorter, and you use 2 hands for the reins (but i recently saw/found out that western can be the same.thought it was pretty cool.
 

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I want to jump basically. I've ridden in an English saddle before. I've jumped bareback before, too. I'm never gonna do that again. :) Anyways, I just want to try English and stuff. Blu doesn't show Western very well and I have been wanting to try English for a long time. I need to know things like:
Can Boo be a jumper?
Can I be a jumper?
Etc.
Stuff like that. Does that make sense???
 

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Yeahh that makes sense Blu. Well considering you said you jumped him before, thats a definate start. I think that any horse can jump and surely anyone can jump. When you did jump Blu, did he seem to enjoy it, or did you feel like you really had to pick him up and over the jump? I would also start slowly with him to work back up to jumping. I started training my mare, and we did and are still doing a lot of groundwork. Getting her used to the poles on the ground, the jump standards, and jumping over little cross rails. Its always better to take it slowly and not move too fast. I read this whole article on jumping basics and found it very interesting, unfortunately, its no longer online, but I can send it in a message for you if you want it. Like i said before, i dont see why you wouldnt be able to jump. What i found worked with my mare, was that i assured her, even before we started the jump, that she was going to be ok, and if anything happened, it was my fault (i think it was more for me, than for her lol) But just having that in mind, seemed to help. I also free lunged her over higher jumps so she'd get the feel for picking her feet up and how to do the whole jumping thing. It also helps a lot to have someone set up the jumps when you're riding. They can also tell you what to work on, as in legs are sliding back, get in your 2 point more or sooner. I'd even suggest video taping the jumping so you can critique yourself and also see how Blu jumps and all. I hope this all made sense. Being up for 15 hours straight is getting to me lol
 

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Thanks a bunch! When I jumped him he did great. No refusals. Maybe a few mistakes but he never did it before. :) Maybe I can tape him jumping sometime this week!!! At first, he was really lazy. Then he got better. I put trot poles down in a little course I made and he cleared those big time because he thought they were a big jump! lol. Ya he does fine. I've worked with him on cross-country, too. He does really good at tucking over logs and stuff. I don't have an English saddle so if I jump him for you guys its not going to be pretty! :oops: In my opinion, he does really good for not being trained to jump if you know what I mean...
 

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Alrighty! Thanks a bunch it means a lot! I will try to get jumping videos this week. How do I post them? Same as images right on with the little <marqee>url</marquee> Is that right??? Thanks Again!! Oh and remember I don't have a helmet or anything but the arena is soft! Plus, I have a Western everything! lol
 

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i have no idea how to post videos. As for not having a helmet, not a good idea! Especially since you 2 are sorta new at jumping. I would get a helmet before you start jumping him.
 

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Is there anything I can do to help Blu and I jump better? I am going to try to get jumping videos this Saturday. I just wanted to know if there is anything that could help is out.... :wink:
 

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You can jump in a western saddle, but I think a english saddle will do you a little more good. I don't use a helmet like ever but they are always a really good idea can't go wrong with one. :wink:
 

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I've never worn a helmet before! :oops: But if I need it I'll wear one. I don't think I can get on anytime soon, though.

But are there any workouts or something I can do to improve on things with Blu?

Also, how do I get him to ease up when approaching a jump? He gets excited and anxious so he speeds up and he is either too close to the jump or too far away from the sweet spot...
 

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I would do a lot of ground work with him before actually you going on to jump him. Set up poles both before and after so he gets an idea of the number of steps to take both before and after. If you can, lunge him, or free jump him over jumps with the poles before and after so he can figure it out on his own without the need to feel rushed. Always progress as much as he's comfortable with. You'd want him to take everything in stride and not rush. I would keep doing a small jump til he's like "mom I can do this in my sleep" and then gradually raise the jump. No one ever got in trouble for moving too slow with their horse.
 

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Okay! :D Like I said the highest jump he's gone over for show juping was about 3 1/2ft. Plus a log abou that big too and about two feet wide...I guess I will get a video of us jumping like two foot jumps if that's okay.


Oh, and when I'm jumping I usually just give him his head at the sweet spot when he goes to jump. But every other time I pull a little on the bit. I keep steady. I don't really know how to type that in words....is that bad that I do that? Like I said, he gets WAY excited and I really have to hold him back. He loves to run, usually any chance he can get he will. I don't want to keep yanking his mouth when working. He isn't really soft at the mouth. He needs a harder handle...does that make sense?
 

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I am going to ride in like 30min. to an hour. Is there anything I need to do? I was going to maybe jump a little. Only like one foot jumps though. Boo is probably out of shape. :) :oops: What can I do when approaching a jump, besides pulling at his mouth, to sslow him and make him steady.......?
 

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Hmm, my mare gets like this when we approach a large-ish jump. I sit to her trot, and give her a slight half halt, just to get her attention and for her to collect herself before she takes off. After that, she usually brakes into a canter and again i half halt her to collect herself and then ask for the downward transition.
 

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I am going riding again today, I think. I am going to jump a just a little bit. My mom is going to record me jumping or take pictures tomorrow! This time when I jump I am going to shorten my stirrups. Last time I didn't and I kept losing them! I jumped a log and fell completely onto the side of Boo and he kept loping! I had to pull myself up with my arms and the saddle horn. Its not the first time just one of those memorable ones because it was a BIG log! lol
 

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horse_luver4e I don't wear a helmet because they don't keep the sun off me very good, and after training all day my neck would be tired with that heavy thing on my head all day.
 
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