Teaching A Horse to Jump with Compassion and Confidence
Posted On May 20, 2022
(Last Updated On: May 20, 2022)
Horse jumping is essential and adventurous. Teaching a horse to jump is an advanced level of learning. In order to enable your horse to overcome any obstacle or hurdles, jumping techniques are very crucial. However, this is not easy to jump the horse in case you don’t have proper training. By having appropriate training you will be able to learn about teaching a horse to jump very easily.
Teaching A Horse to Jump
In this article, I am going to talk about teaching a horse to jump.
Most of the horses learn to jump at the age of 3, some trainers prefer to make the journey start at 4 till 7. You have to consider the age factor before allowing jumping the horse. An excessive jump at an improper age is injurious to the horse’s health. Still, teaching horses to jump is always unpredictable.
Be specific with your expectation and demand from the horse. The animal should get the right message and support for him.
Arrange rewards and treat when it accomplishes every time. On the other hand, be repeated to infuse the message in the horse in case it needs improvement. Be consistent with the expectation, so that the horse doesn’t get confused.
The horse must be willing to jump. Never try to force jump a horse for the sake of its health concern, as well as permanent negativity in the horse’s behavior. To understand the willingness, keep eye on the body language of the horse.
You must keep in mind the horses are very intelligent and perceptive to the environment all around. It can sense naturality very easily. Horses, in most cases, don’t willingly jump, unless it has some obstacle in front of it. We make it jump for the training purpose.
You need to give the horse adequate time to be familiar with the training and jumping tendencies. The best ways to bring our outcome naturally, inherently from the horse. You have to be patient that the horse would get enough time to rest, train, and understand the environment, expectations, abilities, and demands very well.
The horse needs to know more and more about the obstacles the horse jumps over. Let the horse come close to the envelope and look at and sniff it. Before riding the horse, this is very important that the horse get to know details about the barriers.
Let your horse know that jumping is the only option it has when he finds the obstacle in front of him. The horse nevertheless can stop or pause when it finds an envelope ahead. You can do it by repeatedly telling it in your language like “jump”.
The horse must know jumping is obvious to him and out of inspiration or habit, the horse will keep jumping every time it confronts the barrier.
Start with one envelope at a time at the beginning of the training process. It will let you know the ability and the stamina of the horse.
On the other hand, the horse will also find it easy to be habituated to the obstacle. Moreover, both you and the horse itself will be able to see successful jumping, even from an entire stop.
Also, the horse will get adequate time to think and process the concept in the action by a successful jump over the envelope. The height of the envelope should also be as minimum as you can at the beginning stage, you can go with 30-40 cm height with a 3,50 m wide front.
Your body language at the time of jumping has a great role in successful jumping. Let your body, gesture, and movement support the horse for a successful jump. Keep in mind about the horse’s tossing up head and jumping up the front legs too high, and adjust your body accordingly.
You should make delicate contact with the horse’s muzzle and never pressure on the rein during this period. Keep your body control well by holding the horse’s neck gently and inspiring the horse with positive body language.
Poles have a great role to make the horse able to jump over it. Use them wisely. After successful completion of envelope jumping at the first phase, gradually move to a pointer, V poles, straight rails, and an oxer. You may gradually increase the height and number of barriers subject to successful accomplishment.
In this phase, you will set gymnast corners with the fence by mange in order to habituate the horse to learn advanced techniques and abilities or multiple obstacles.
The next stage will be creating a rank for jump, with a new and advanced configuration. At this stage, the horse will undergo higher ranks with cavaletti at a trot as the accomplishment.
So far you have placed the obstacles at the fence or in the corners. At this phase, the obstacles to be fit in the center to equip the horse with new ability in the field.
Always be gradually progressive in providing the dog learning. Let the horse gradually uplift its mental and physical ability.
Take adequate time for accomplishment. A young horse to be worried, reluctant, and afraid. Let the hose grow its confidence with time and appreciation.
In case you find any mistakes, correct them. During the downward transition, the body of the horse must be straight and flexible. Don’t do anything confusing to the animal.
Help the animal to maintain the rhythm, keep the circle size proper, and stride to the fence properly. Canter lead is always crucial for a successful landing. Holding rein wisely is very crucial for you to help the horse. The imbalance may be fatal for the animal.
The most sensitive part of training is to decide when to raise the obstacles for the horse. It is very crucial to decide on the right height at the right time. Don’t rush to take your decision to increase the height of the obstacles.
Keep in mind, that the horse is to jump over it with a huge load on the back when the rider is on it. It might be very risky to create pressure on the back if anything unwanted happens.
Go slow and steady with the height and number of obstacles so that the horse can gradually cope with the changes made.