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Hunter Hack. Let’s get it right. What do I need to know?. Do I know how to jump? Does my horse know how to jump? Do I know someone who can help me? How long do I have to prepare? If I do it right will my horse like it? Is it fun for my horse? The safe steps to teach us to jump.

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hunter hack

Hunter Hack

Let’s get it right.

what do i need to know
What do I need to know?
  • Do I know how to jump?
  • Does my horse know how to jump?
  • Do I know someone who can help me?
  • How long do I have to prepare?
  • If I do it right will my horse like it?
  • Is it fun for my horse?
  • The safe steps to teach us to jump.
questions need to be answered yes
Questions Need To Be AnsweredYES!
  • Can I walk, trot and canter in control?
  • Can I ride comfortably without my stirrups?
  • Can I regulate my horse’s stride?
  • Can I steer my horse to go where I want it to go?
  • Can I do my 2 point position at all gaits?
what is a good jump
What is a good jump?
  • The horse arrives at the jump in an even rhythm, leaves the ground balanced and straight, lands smoothly and canters away.
riders job
Riders Job
  • To create a good balanced rhythm.
  • Maintaining a consistent pace to the jump.
  • Steer the horse to the center of the jump.
  • Give a good release to allow the horse to use it’s head and neck over the jump.
  • Maintain the 2 point in the air and land in balance with the horse.
  • Canter away in a controlled rhythm.
the release is so important
The Release is SO Important.
  • Horses must pull their head down and forward to jump a balanced jump.
  • If they are not allowed to use their head and neck, they will be physically unable to jump easily.
  • If the horse is not taught how to do the job asked of it.
  • The rider cannot feel what is needed to help the horse, or stay out of the way.
  • Pain in jumping leads to fear, or reluctance to jump at all.
  • If the horse has physical issues that makes it hard for it to jump.
equipment needed to jump
Equipment needed to jump
  • Standards
  • Rails
  • Cups
  • Some fill materials, brush, flower boxes.
  • Suitable footing, safe for the horse.
  • 100 foot measuring tape
  • English Saddle and Bridle
math problem
Math Problem
  • Jumping is a math problem.
  • The basic knowledge must be learned before jumping is recommended.
  • Shortening stride
  • Lengthening stride
  • Communication with rider
  • Good balance, and control
  • Willing to learn the process
riding exercise 1
Riding Exercise 1
  • Set 2 poles on the ground 58 feet apart
  • Walk thru the poles in an even rhythm count the number of steps your horse takes. Slow down add 2 more, speed up and leave 2 out. Do same at the trot.
  • Cantering this line should be 4 strides for the normal striding horse.
  • Do this in 4, 5, 6 even strides.
counting strides
Counting Strides
  • The simple way:
  • Land, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Counting helps the rider keep a rhythm.
  • Helps in learning to see a distance.
  • A good rhythm allows the horse to decide when it is time to jump.
  • Trotting poles 7ft-9ft
  • Cantering poles Bounce 10-12 ft
  • Trotting one stride 18 feet
  • Cantering one stride 24 feet
  • Cantering two stride 36 feet
  • Cantering three strides 48 feet
  • Cantering four strides 60 feet.
how much should i jump
How much should I jump?
  • Depends on the horse’s fitness level
  • Jumping uses different muscles which must be developed.
  • Start with a simple fitness plan, and stick to it. Sometimes the lesson must continue on another day, as fatigue can ruin the will of the horse.
  • Not fair to jump a lot every day.
free jumping
Free Jumping
  • Round pen, or loose in an arena, or on lunge line
  • Make a chute
  • Make it simple, inviting
  • Start with poles on the ground
  • Map out the learning plan
  • Be consistent and understandable
  • Make it easy for the horse to get it right.
now add the rider
Now add the rider
  • Your horse has jumped some on his own
  • Understands the basic idea of jumping
  • The rider is capable of understanding their position and job, 2 point and release
  • I like to let the rider ride the horse thru the chute, as the horse understands it
  • Placement poles help to learn the rhythm
  • Always have a ground person to help
proper warm up
Proper warm up
  • Horses need a suitable warm up so not to pull muscles when they jump
  • Hacking and loosening up is important
  • Starting over small cross rails to loosen the jumping muscles is good
  • Continue to improve ride ability with proper warm up exercises
  • Keep the plan fun and consistent
placement poles
Placement poles
  • Trotting to a jump put a pole 7ft-9ft in front of the jump, two steps then jump. This allows the horse to figure out the math problem, taking it out of the riders job.
  • Cantering poles are 10-12 ft in front of the jump, the horse will bounce thru this.
  • These train the horse to fix the distance for the rider.
  • Simple is the best way
  • When you trot into a line of two jumps, it is normal to add one more stride in that line than when you canter in to it.
  • Even pace is the most important lesson for the horse and rider to know.
  • Without control, it is unsafe to jump.
  • Trust comes with control.
in conclusion
In Conclusion
  • Be able to lengthen and shorten strides
  • Be able to ride without stirrups
  • Be able to do the 2 point position
  • Be able to give a good release
  • Get comfortable jumping 2 jumps
  • Create a happy jumping horse
  • Continue to learn and improve