Please Help

by Amy
(Louisiana)

This is Him -Tango

This is Him -Tango

I have a question. I am training my western palomino to do English, but I don't know how to train him to jump. Any ideas?

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Nov 11, 2011
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Jumping
by: Tiger

Ok- if your horse trust you enough, he will start by you leading him over calvetti, a small grid, of trotting poles. When you our mounted, you must start with trotting poles. Once he can do those without thinking about it, move him to small and progress to get bigger. Good Luck!

Tiger

May 25, 2011
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helped me and will help you
by: Anonymous

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May 01, 2011
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here's how
by: kulia

Im kulia and I'm 17. I've been working with horses since I was 2. I've taught riding lessons, controlled them when they get excited even modeled with them. You need to get your horse used to the jumps, walk around the jumps with him. Talk to him when you get close to the jump like for example say "c'mon boy you can do it, jump."

Apr 05, 2011
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:)
by: Amy-person who wrote this

Thanks sooo much guys! I will try all these, and hopefully they will work!

Mar 05, 2011
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Jumping
by: Unicorn

TheCougar, you are COMPLETELY right. I never thought of that. Getting the horse used to the jumps before jumping is definitely a great idea. I already introduce it gently, with the pole on the ground to let the horse get used to it, but for a flighty horse even that would be too quick. A previous commenter suggested lunging - also a great idea. Even walking the horse over the poles in-hand would be good. More experienced trainers are confident enough to take an average horse to a larger jump straight off, but for people who are new to training, slow and steady is definitely better.

Let us know how Tango's training goes!

Mar 01, 2011
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Training jumping
by: Unicorn

What a gorgeous horse!
I can share my experience with jumping but it's just what worked for me and for the three horses I've trained to jump. (They all loooove jumping now, but that's possibly just their attitude and not my training). First of all, don't use a Western saddle. The saddle horn can poke in places that are not meant to be poked.
My jumps are made out of car tires stacked on top of one another, one pile at each end of the pole with the pole balanced on the top. I start by riding the horse over the pole on the ground at a walk, then at a trot. They usually take this in their stride. Raising the jump to one tire's height (around fifteen centimeters), I repeated the process. Always walk and trot on both sides - I made the mistake of only approaching from one side and it took months to get the horse to jump from the other side. It's important to ride firmly and with confidence; don't let him stop or run out, and if he does stop, push him on to step over it, it's so small he can do it. Keep your eyes up, give him a lot of leg and don't hang onto his mouth. Give him a pat and a kind word when he does it well. Once's he's happy with that, raise it another ten centimeters or so, still sticking to walk and trot, and remembering to give him leg. I usually end the first lesson when the horse is going over two tires with confidence (usually they just trot over it instead of jumping.)

On Day Two I start again with the pole on the ground, but work my way up quicker, assuming all goes well, to three tires - about half a meter. Now we can't walk anymore, so we only trot. (Only canter once the horse is very confident; naturally, they jump from a trot). Lots of leg, minimal rein, eyes up, and plenty of assurance for the horse. They do stop and run out when you're teaching them. Be consistent, be firm, and don't give up, and always end on a good note. Once the horse is jumping three tires whenever I ask him to with confidence from a trot I can start building height and speed, improving rhythm, etc.

That's just an amateur's experience, though. I'd recommend you get a trainer or just an experienced rider to give you advice if you can. And always wear a riding helmet while jumping. Getting your skull broken is NOT on anyone's agenda.

Happy riding! And that really is a gorgeous horse...

Feb 28, 2011
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<3 logic
by: TheCougar

I've never officially jumped, but I'm hoping logic and common sense will prevail. I suggest you FIRST get him used to the actual sight of the poles/jumps and the sound of his hooves clipping against them. After he doesn't seem to have an issue being around them, begin following the first advice comment ;)

Feb 27, 2011
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I have a ?
by: Anonymous

OK i have a question. Does your horse do western pleasure competition?

Feb 26, 2011
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try this??
by: horseygirl12

i just bought a 5yr old qhx who cant jump. try starting by lunging and riding over trot poles, then gradually go to small jump and so on. hope this works :)

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