Originally Posted by Saskia
I've never really done much skinny jumping, but I once was as this cool clinic type thing at a horse expo. Don't know how relevant it is but this thread kind of reminded me of it and I thought I would share.
A very popular eventer was working with some volunteer competitve young riders and they talked about jumping narrow jumps. He had like three garbage bins, those green ones that go up mid thigh that you put the black bags in, and had the all turned upside down and a straight bar pole on top, so one bin in the middle and then one on each side. So they jumped that no problem. Then he took away the side bins and balanced poles to point in and then they just jumped that, then he took away the two poles so there was just one pole balanced on top of the bin. Some of the horses weren't so happy but they did it, and then finally he took the top pole away and just got them jumping the garbage bin and a lot of them did it. It was many years ago but I don't know, has anyone else done exercises like this? Perhaps something like this could help you?
That sounds awesome! I would love to do that! I'm going to have to talk to my Coach about that technique!
The post I made, about imagining a tunnel, was what I was taught at an Eventing Clinic taught by a 4* Eventer. She had us line up while she explained how to "see" skinny jumps in our minds aka the "Tunnel". Worked wonders for me.
There is this "stump" out west where I board. Out "west" is what we call the trails to ride on - over 200 acres of land with many Fox Hunter Jumps out there...one being this huge stump, about the width of a green garbage can as you described, and they *the fox hunters* painted it black.
If you were to stand next to it, it comes about knee height, so not very high - but it sure is fun to watch people try to jump it
. Horses veering out left and right. Some even jump, but they jump so far off from where the stump is, they are jumping a shaddow instead
while I am shouting at them "CLOSE YOUR DOORS!" lol.