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Re: newbie Question

>>>>Hi, another Newbie asking another Question!  Angie was talking
about a ride that at one point she was jumpng over some logs in
a mucky area.  My question is this, is it a good idea to teach
your horse to jump?  And to learn yourself?  It's not something
the two of us currently do (that I know of <grin>)!

Hope & Dixie (Why can't I dance across the arena!?)
Well, I don't think you have to go and start stadium jumping <VBG>, but to have both you and your horse comfortable on going over smaller obstacles is a good idea. I have 5 horses, and all of them know how to get over logs or other obstacles if we need to. 3 are natural born jumpers, and  if I'm not paying attention, we're airborn over them, instead of calmly hopping over them. The other two aren't jumpers at all, but effiently hop over what's in the road. They should feel comfortable with this different kind of weight distribution, and so should you.
On way to help them do this is cavaletti. You can keep widening the gaps between the cavalettis to make them stretch more, and then gradually add a little height. This will help them slowly learn how to balance over obstacles, if they don't already know.

Helga Loncosky
Archival Morgan Record
Beacon Morgan Horses, Ltd.
No heaven can heaven be, if my horse isn't there to welcome me.

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