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  • Free jumping & ability

    Hi all,

    Could use a little feedback.
    I have a coming 5 yr. old Appendix gelding. Has never been worked over fences, never near jumps. It's been a number of years since I've jumped and honestly intended this horse to be a flat class kinda guy.

    To make a long story short, yesterday we had some dirt delivered to add to the arena. Big, large truck loads. Easily 5 foot tall and equally as wide.

    My horse took to intentionally free jumping the dirt piles when turned out for the evening. Not once, but many times. Apparently having the time of his life.
    Cleared them, with room..each time.

    SO, enlighten me COTH'ers and over fences folks. Does free jumping willingness have any correlation to natural ability?
    Should I pursue this? or brush it off to the horse having a grand time?

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    No, not always....but if you are curious, why not try starting him over fences and see?
    Freeing worms from cans everywhere!

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    • #3
      It gives a good idea about general instincts and willingness. Usually one that's game freejumping will be very easy to start over fences. Jump him!
      Please don't try to be a voice of reason. It's way more fun to spin things out of control. #BecauseCOTH - showhorsegallery

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      • #4
        cht beat me to it...i'd say give it a try too,no harm in that..i have a 3 1/2 yr old that showed ability from very young.jumps anything! and that's an understatement
        http://myridingjourney.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Back in high school I had an OTTB who used to jump out of his pasture so he could go be with his friends in the neighboring field. Thankfully it was all part of the same farm. lol. When he first came to the farm though he was in a field by himself. The funniest thing was to watch him go to one end of it, run as fast as he could up to the fence but come to a sliding stop because he was unsure about jumping what was close to 4.5-5' high. Eventually he got over his fears and cleared it.

          For this guy it definitely did translate to jumping ability down the road. He had a natural interest in jumping and would go over anything, particularly if he got a chance to look at it first. He was stylish too and did well at the hunter shows also.
          Last edited by SnicklefritzG; Nov. 11, 2010, 09:01 PM.

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            #6
            Thanks for the encouragement . Truly gobsmacked by him taking this on his own. Thank goodness he's not taken to eye balling the fences, because at 17 hands...there'd be no way to contain him.
            No idea if he has a lick of talent, but nothing ventured nothing gained. Going to go dig out my big girl breeches.

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            • #7
              If you wanted to try a more conventional test, you could set up a little jumping chute, then chase him or lunge him over a few small jumps to get a better idea of his form.

              Good luck!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CoolMeadows View Post
                It gives a good idea about general instincts and willingness. Usually one that's game freejumping will be very easy to start over fences. Jump him!
                This. We free jump our youngsters 1-2x before they are undersaddle and make notes. I've found that the strengths, weaknesses and attitude has proven to be pretty much on point as far as what we get when they begin jumping under saddle.

                For example, here is one of our 3 year old mares free jumping

                She is now 5 years old and since putting her under saddle, she shows the same cat like tehcnique and quickness, but her weakness lies in the scope to clear the wide oxers, which is something we will keep in mind as she progresses up the levels.

                Another example. This is a 4 year old mare of ours, she is now 5 and in the free jumping video you can see that she opens up her front legs a bit early when landing. This we have noticed begins to happen when she tires. It has been commented that she has "perfect front end technique", however once tired, she begins to slow in front. The same holds true of her jumping under saddle.
                Video of her at a show as a 5 year old ( you can see that by the last line, she's a bit open in front compared to at the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkzZ0...layer_embedded)
                Last edited by RyuEquestrian; Nov. 12, 2010, 05:07 PM.
                Ryu Equestrian & Facebook Page
                Breeding Horses Today, for the Equestrian Sport of Tomorrow.
                Osteen & Gainesville, Florida.

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                • #9
                  In my daughters barn they had a horse that they thought could jump well - I think it was about 4 at the time. The trainer and assistant set up a jump chute in the indoor arena and proceeded to get the horse to go thru said jump chute. Instead of doing the turn and going thru the chute the horse jumped the indoor arena wall - which is about 6 feet high - and over the tack boxes that were against the back wall. Ooops. Yup, he could jump!

                  My daughters childrens jumper was bred by a lady in Sacramento. She said that mare used to jump over all sorts of stuff when she was young and she still loves to jump. Makes her happy to do her job!
                  The ultimate horse mom

                  http://www.youtube.com/user/LeeB110

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