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post #11 of 18 Old 11-01-2011, 06:55 PM
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I had the same problem. I don't know why they're so scary, but they are! I really like Allison Finch's technique. It's what my old trainer did to give green horses and riders confidence.

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post #12 of 18 Old 11-03-2011, 09:39 AM
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I like to open my hands wide and "ski" my horse to the center. Primo wiggles when coming off a corner and I find this helps straighten him out and stay between my legs and hands.

I like Allison's approach, that's how I started, though I think we actually used those blocks... easier than standards IMO, but more prone to run-outs.

Take a deep breath, it's not any different than any other fence. Maybe lower the fences to a comfortable height (2'3) where you know you can do it till you're ready to go up.

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I like to open my hands wide and "ski" my horse to the center. Primo wiggles when coming off a corner and I find this helps straighten him out and stay between my legs and hands.

I like Allison's approach, that's how I started, though I think we actually used those blocks... easier than standards IMO, but more prone to run-outs.

Take a deep breath, it's not any different than any other fence. Maybe lower the fences to a comfortable height (2'3) where you know you can do it till you're ready to go up.

I do tend to break my wrists (getting better now that I ride with a dressage whip) and hold them oddly, haha. I'll definitely try and riding to the base with wider hands tomorrow night.

If it's 2', I'm more or less okay. Even a 2'6" vertical I'm okay...but then my trainer makes it an oxar (which is how it's set 99% of the time) and that second pole in the back throws me off, haha. I've always hated oxars. Not sure why.

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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?
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I just had the funniest mental picture. Skinny jumping...I pictured someone jumping well, less than clothed "Skinny jumping" like skinny dipping. Jeez, I need some sleep!
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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's how we introduce the fences that look like you should go around rather than over on XC. I've seen it a few time at the Expo as well.

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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.
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*sigh* WELL....the skinny jump was even worse last night.

They moved the jump to a different corner of the arena which threw me off haha. Anyways...Bling was being really bad about trying to drop his head and run through my hands, which made everything SO much more fun. 0.0 But we jumped it from the base a couple times.

We had one refusal but it wasn't really either of our faults. It was a bending line and he kind of twisted over the first one and the landing set my hip off (I have like a pinched nerve or something weird; it starts to spasm and it's excruciating pain and I can't move my leg) so I couldn't keep my leg on and he ducked out (I couldn't get him to stop either because I was in so much pain, I just rode us into the corner lmao) so I ended up getting off and my trainer-for-the-week got on him and he was being really bad about the skinny with her too.

I just don't know why I have such a problem with skinny jumps! He was being just as bad to the other jumps and I rode him through that fine?! It's just the skinny...he starts to act up/try and duck out and I melt.

On the plus side, I got to see Bling jumped over some big jumps (it was her last lesson of the night so we just raised the jumps and she played around over them with Bling haha) and he looks nice - if only I could ride him effectively, haha. We'll get there someday.

Maybe.

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