Sitting down and supporting and encouraging right to the base of the jump is the only way. |
I agree, especially out on the CC course.
But anticipating the jump and getting into my two point and just letting her go to the fence herself doesn't help either. Obviously give the horse their space, but only in the mouth when approaching a fence.
That is why learning to sit and drive is a great way to teach yourself to say behind your horse, and with your horse. Jumping ahead and anticipating the fence is a big no no out on the CC course.
Solid seat, leg and upper are very important aids to learn.
I totally agree with 1dog3cats17rodents. 99% of stops, falls, etc. are rider error. And the 1% that is the horse's fault is usually caused by the rider.
Well said Eventerdrew, I couldn't agree more with you.
As for the "two point and wait" part... my 17 yo OTTB mare was not inherently bold but she would jump anything that you pointed her at. But only if you supported her with your leg and she knew you were right there with her. I learned the hard way (several times!) that you CANNOT take your leg off right before a jump just because you think they are going to jump anyway. My horse proved that she doesn't have to do this for me and I started to respect her for that. If I'm not going... why should she?
Well said, and it takes horses who don't cover our patooties all the time to teach us this. Horses who wont jump without the solid support of their riders, are vaulable assest to teach us how to ride them to the base of the fence accordingly.
Nelson certainly taught me that - and he is just like your mare. If I let my leg off of him, he'll stop - and I'll keep going. So I learnt how to solidify my leg around his girth. If I drop my shoulders - he stops.....if I jump ahead - he stops.
It takes these wonderful horses to teach us how to ride them properly to the base of the fence, and for that - I am thankful.
I have a scar on my right arm due to a metal jump cup being embedded in my arm - because I stopped supporting Nelson to a 3'0" something oxer....I stopped riding him, he said fine - if you aren't coming with me, I'm not going either...and he stopped, I kept going....yeah....fun.
Both you and your beautiful mare are new to this sport (and jumping in general, which is quite impressive!) and I know you will fully admit you have alot to learn. We have all been there and this is how we all learned to event! You have to fall off to know how good it feels to NOT fall off! If that makes any sense... haha
Congrats on your 3rd in dressage, great stadium round, and an overall excellent learning experience!
Well said - I agree HITS - you are doing a wonderful job and you'll get there. Congrats once again!