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spotsquareone

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Getting my pony jumping bigger

 Hi, my pony has jumped 3ft6 with his old owners (this was about 3 years ago). He was sold and jumped up to 3ft with my friends (because jump wings only went that big). Now is on full loan to me. I had no jumping confidence at all, and over the past year i've been working on it, and now its great!

One day I decided to have a crack at 3ft, but after jumping it a few times he refused and when i finally got him over, he knocked it down. Ever since then i've only gone up to 2ft9 with him (only done it twice since then as my confidence is up and down like a yo-yo).

I thought maybe i could get him to free jump 3ft3 but it failed, and we only managed 3ft, even though he was jumping that with ease, going fast and flat into the jump. He is capable of jumping 3ft3 easily, and i know if i got him into a bouncy canter he has the capabitlities to jump it, but he won't and i don't know what to do?

Does anybody have any tips for me please? 

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CharParsley620

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Re: Getting my pony jumping bigger

 How old and how big is he?

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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spotsquareone

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Re: Getting my pony jumping bigger

CharParsley620 said:

 How old and how big is he?


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he is 11  years old and 14.1HH

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Oxanaaa

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Oxanaaa says:

Re: Getting my pony jumping bigger

 i"d get an instructor :)

Jumping well isnt about height it's about technique, once you've got it cracked at abit smaller jumps then jumping bigger will be easy and you wont need to think about it like this :) i'd definitely say get an instructor so as to not rush your pony or yourself, good luck! x

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spotsquareone

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Re: Getting my pony jumping bigger

 thanks, i have an instructor, but  can't afford to have regular lessons :)

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hannahtasha1

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hannahtasha1 says:

Re: Getting my pony jumping bigger

You need to master your flatwork first you need to shorten the canter stride which therfore creats the " bounce" this is where the jumping comes from the horses behind he needs to sit back on his hocks to create a shape and be scopey get 3 or 4 poles out about 4 strides inbetween each and practise shortening trying to get in 6 strides etc etc can be fun doing this once you got that you will be able to introduce a fence

why do you want to really push him to 3ft 3?

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TheseFirstSteps

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Re: Getting my pony jumping bigger

I agree with hannahtasha1's post. Learning to shorten the stride and doing flatwork will help. Other than that take it slow, build him and yourself up from a comfortable height and raise that height a little everytime you think you have it all perfect. Also don't jump everyday, I would say a max of three half hour sessions a week (including small warm-up jumps), other people might say more, but it depends how fit he is and how well he carries himself.

Never jump the highest straight off. Build up every time from a comfortable height of perhaps 2ft or so after doing lots of flatwork to get him using his body well and warmed up. I don't know what kind of height is good for warming up at... I just have to start low with my mare anyway - she isn't a good jumper.

Good luck and don't ever push to a height you are uncomfortable with, make sure you are confident that you can both do it before attempting it, even if you have done it before!

:)

I do not know everything. What I write is my opinion, nothing more.

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