Train Your Horse to Be a Calm, Brave Jumper Using Free Lunging

Here Marley, a 14h Welsh Cob is trained to jump using free lunging techniques. He progresses from a 2′ vertical to 3’3 with a 3’3 spread over the course of t…

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  1. Sarah Moon
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    im trying to teach my horse Mango to jump …shes 11 years old and she
    always refuses the jumps that i try to lunge her over….i dont use a whip
    or anything i just maker her go in a circle and try to get her over the
    jump….am i doing something wrong??? please help!!

  2. welcometopemberley
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    Yes, he is rock solid. A perfect pony.

  3. xbeccaxhorsexloverx
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    my horse is like what u said at the start, ‘bombs it to the jump and takes
    off VERY early) i have tried to do this method with her, but she will only
    follow me, wether i have a whip or not, have u got any other advice? x

  4. welcometopemberley
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    Thanks 🙂

  5. welcometopemberley
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    When she can jump without rushing without you on her (should be 3 sessions
    or fewer if you do it right), then watch this video “Beginner Riding Lesson
    – Seatwork on the Lunge.” Obviously you’re not a beginner but the seatwork
    movements will desensitize a goosey horse to your leg and make it so you
    can collect them up easier. Have someone lunge her with you on her doing
    the seatwork, then add in jumps while you’re riding on the lunge. Let me
    know how it goes!!!

  6. welcometopemberley
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    I would also try to get the Parelli dvds because they are great for
    homestudy and cover pretty much everything you could ever want to do with
    horse. One thing to think about while you’re training her is teach her
    whatever way is simplest for her to understand because horses get
    frustrated when they are confused the same as we do. It’s very important,
    though, to always train her with the goal in mind of dong it all at
    liberty. Liberty means she stays with you of her own free will.

  7. welcometopemberley
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    Thanks! Marley is really smart. The Welshes tend to be. Thanks for your

  8. hunterjumper9799
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    i love your vids! you really know what your doing! 😀

  9. Holly Anne
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    plz help me, i need to sell my pony soon but i dont think he is going to
    sell because he bolts before and after the jump. When i free lunge him i
    have to use a whip as he just stands there looking at me and wont move,
    when i do get him going he bolts around the paddock then skids at the
    corner and jumps the jump stupidly, plz help. And also when ever i ride him
    he just plants his feet and doesn’t move, and when i do get him to move he
    rears or bolts, plz help

  10. welcometopemberley
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    Thanks for your comment! Feel free to ask any q’s you like 🙂

  11. rustydanielle101
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    ok! thanks!

  12. welcometopemberley
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    Often times, with a particularly confident, lazy horse, it makes sense to
    utilize the little bit of adrenaline they have in new situations. Gives
    them some exhilaration and can be enriching. With that horsenality, I
    really recommend clicker training. Clever horses love the “game” aspect and
    food rewards. You might search for “on your mat” clicker videos as teaching
    on your mat helps horses who nip learn to be happy standing still. Also, is
    he girthy or touchy about having anywhere brushed?

  13. EddiesGun91
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    i love your video… it was great…. i learned a good bit from you! marley
    was fabulous! =] as wer you!

  14. welcometopemberley
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    Hey, thanks for the compliments. I had a pony named Cinnamon Twist when I
    was little… Vets here on the West Coast say you should not jump your
    horse at all until they are 4. If you jump them too young, it will stunt
    their growth and lead to weak legs and back. We also don’t ride them until
    they are 3, though we do lay on them some at 2. With a yearling, I would do
    things like trick training. Teach her to pick things up, do the Spanish
    Walk, etc. I have a couple videos for that.

  15. 4Champ2and0
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    Ooo..I’ll have to get some of those alflalfa pellets..that sounds great 🙂
    Thanks for the cup to hour ratio, that helps a lot..ha ha..cuz I kept
    having to walk aaaall the way back to the tack room for more
    I do agree..seeing him relaxed and happy while we were working was better
    than anything. 🙂 Makes me wonder why this method hasn’t caught on more
    rapidly in the equestrian world.

  16. 4Champ2and0
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    @welcometopemberley Np 🙂 ..will do. You mind if I bug u with a couple
    questions? ..I would not be even a little offended if you didn’t have time
    right now to answer. 🙂

  17. DustyAndBuddies
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    Wow.. this is just plain amazing. You and your horse are an amazing team.
    Great job. 😀

  18. Karina St-Hilaire
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    Hey ! Your a great trainer And im getting a 1 and a half year old horse ..
    Ive already started freee lounging her in a round arena .. Whats the next
    step?! Please help Thanks so much ! -cinamontwist9

  19. 4Champ2and0
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    Hi 🙂 Thanks for your advise on moving my horse Sam quickly instead of
    trying to “prep” him for it. I moved him this past weekend, and he did
    absolutely wonderful. I was so proud of him! 🙂 To answer your question
    though, he is usually a pretty lazy and clever little guy and isnt just
    real fond of being worked with. He doesnt wind suck or crib, and he most
    often tries for a bit of nipping action when he is asked to stand or is

  20. LopeztheGypsy
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    Great video, good information!

  21. welcometopemberley
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    Thanks! Marley is really fun. He’s a boy 🙂

  22. Sophie Angel
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    thanks very much youre a great horse owner =)

  23. welcometopemberley
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    Wow, that’s a huge compliment. Thanks! Yes, I am very proud of Marley.

  24. welcometopemberley
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    You can do it on a lungeline. Just give your horse a treat every time she
    jumps more calmly.

  25. welcometopemberley
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    chased away from you and made to do it all on their own. You start out
    close to them, like you’re leading them a little further away than usual,
    and build up until they can be at the end of the lead rope. You want your
    horse to jog slowly and to keep a consistent pace, despite what scary
    things may be around. Start out without any obstacle, then ad a ground
    pole, then 2 ground poles pushed together, then a tiny jump, etc. Build up
    slowly and don’t increase the difficulty until she is solid.

  26. welcometopemberley
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    Hi, thanks for the compliments. For a foal, look for the “clicker training
    Tempo” videos. There is a series where a trainer works with Tempo from when
    she was a foal up through riding. Allan Pogue who has a program called
    Imagine a Horse also does a lot of work with foals. Foals can learn all the
    same things as big horses can, except for riding. You also shouldn’t have
    them work at a trot or canter much because it is hard on their legs.

  27. welcometopemberley
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    Awesome, good luck!

  28. 4Champ2and0
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    I have subscribed and LOVE everyone of your horse(pony) training videos!
    You are really remarkable with your calm attitude and relaxed techniques. I
    especially enjoyed your explanation of the diffence between Ques and
    commands in one of your other videos. I am going to have a place to work
    with my horse soon and will be trying all your techniques!Thanks for taking
    the time to post and explain things!! Kudos to you and all your hard work!

  29. stephanie johnson
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    i think i will do this saturday..!

  30. welcometopemberley
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    I know! Isn’t he just?

  31. soccergirl7594
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    Wow you seem very professional about this! Great Job!

  32. tErEsAbAuR977
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    is that just one of the X jumps? yeah he would most likely either jump it
    and come to me or not jump it and come to me hah.

  33. welcometopemberley
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    6) And the MOST important thing of all, RELEASE over the jump. Search for
    this vid on YouTube “Automatic Release, No Bridles!” The riders show 2
    different types of releases. A crest release is where you put your hands
    about 1/2 the way up the horses neck. An auto release is 1/2 the way up the
    horses neck and you drop your hands 1/2 the way down the sides of the neck.
    The idea is to put slack in the reins so the horse can actually jump.

  34. welcometopemberley
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    Thank you!

  35. tErEsAbAuR977
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    is that just one of the X jumps? usually when i ask him to go over jumps i
    have him on a lunge and at the trot he doesn’t rush, but the few times i
    asked him to canter he was rushing a lot. is it because his canter isnt
    balanced enough to jump?

  36. welcometopemberley
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    I used to work at a horse rescue where horses would come in who had been
    together their whole lives. They would beak out in a frothing sweat if
    their buddy was even on the other side of a fence from them. I’ve found
    that the best thing to do with those horses is just to do the separation
    quickly, like a band-aid. Otherwise they spend days pacing the fence and I
    think that is harder on their bodies. Usually if you do it quickly, they
    run for about 30 minutes a.m. and p.m., then quiet down.

  37. welcometopemberley
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    Good question. It is easiest to start in the round pen or to start on the
    lunge. With Marley, the first time he went over I clicked in the air and he
    was like, “No way. That’s it???” And then he aimed for the jump every time.
    With Black Jack, I would probably build a chute that was like 20 feet long
    so you could just send him down it and he would jump because the jump was
    in the way. Knowing him he’d land and come right back to you. Does that
    sound likely?

  38. MsTota2
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    your horse is so cute ……thanks =)

  39. welcometopemberley
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    Thanks for commenting! Marley likes to show off 🙂 He’s always prancing and
    jumping around in the pasture, too, lol.

  40. Sophie Angel
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    aww i wish to have a horse like that… my horse just try to be away from
    me =( please teach me haw he couls trust me!

  41. welcometopemberley
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    If you can afford to do it, I would have him scoped for ulcers just to rule
    that out, as they’re super common and can cause nippiness (60% of horses in
    training programs have ulcers). I’ve found that it is just fine to work
    with them as soon as they move. You work with them right off the trailer at
    a show, you know? In my experience it takes them about 1 month to adjust, 3
    months to really be in the groove, but definitely take him out to play,
    particularly if he is an unmotivated horse.

  42. 4Champ2and0
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    @welcometopemberley Also, he is herd sour, and I plan on moving him soon.
    He will be moving away from his current herd completely. Anything I can do
    to help him prep for the new pasture/ friends before moving him? Thanks
    again! 🙂

  43. welcometopemberley
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    Hey I checked out your vid. You’re off to a really good start. I really
    need to make a “teach your horse to jump for the first time” video…
    Basically, I would go to my other channel CIEStudies and watch the video on
    lunging. Then use that lunging technique to lunge your horse over a jump.
    You should set ground poles on both sides of the jump so that the ground
    poles and top rail make an equilateral triangle. The ground poles tell her
    where to take off and land.

  44. welcometopemberley
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    4) Use ground poles around your jump to show your horse what shape to jump
    in. The ground poles make an equilateral triangle with the top rail. So if
    your jump is 1′ high, put the ground poles 1′ each away from the top rail.
    Ground poles make your horse jump nice and round. 5) Jump 2 jumps in a row,
    1-2 strides apart. Make a small jump, then put big jump about 18′ later
    (about 6 big steps for you). Having 2 jumps will usually get them to canter
    in between and take off nicely for the 2nd jump.

  45. EquineSpiritBlog
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    LOVE this video…thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  46. welcometopemberley
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    You’re right, that is probably what wil happen! But at least you are
    thinking about that ahead of time. Teaching your horse to jump (or
    retraining a poorly trained horse) is like starting a colt under saddle –
    don’t go on to the next step until they have the first step down. So first
    you need to teach your horse to be ok with the standards, then with the
    poles, then with jumps, then with standards and poles together, then with
    jumps with standards…at a walk, then at a trot, then at a canter.

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