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    09-19-2012, 05:23 PM
  #1
Weanling
Jumped out of the saddle

I have been watching videos of myself jumping lately and have noticed that I get jumped out of the sadde a lot. It looks like I fall on my horses neck after the jump. It's hard to explain so I'll put videos. Can anyone help me to fix this problem? Will putting my heels down more help? Also, can someone tell me why she knocked the wavy jump in the last video?

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    09-19-2012, 05:25 PM
  #2
Weanling
And this video too...

     
    09-19-2012, 06:13 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'm not a jumping expert, though I used to jump a bit. My comments are based on general equitation rather than jumping specifically.

You seem to have a bit of a chair-seat. This could make you unstable and cause you to lean on your horse's neck.

You heels seem pretty down to me.

It's hard to see your position really well in these videos (you're just a little far away). But in your second video you have a couple of jumps closer to the camera. I slowed it down frame by frame, and I'm not sure, but I think I could see daylight between your leg and knee and the saddle. Take a close look your self and see if that's correct. If your leg is losing contact with the saddle, you would certainly get thrown out of the saddle.
     
    09-19-2012, 08:09 PM
  #4
Weanling
I do see what you're talking about. I used to pinch with my knees, so maybe I'm trying too hard to reverse that. About the chair seat- I think it's because she was hollowing her back. We've been working on that A LOT the past week or so, next time I jump, I'll see what the videos look like then :) Thank you for your help!
     
    09-19-2012, 08:19 PM
  #5
Showing
You knocked the wavy jump in the second video because you took off too long and jumped flat rather than having a nice bascule over it. You need to learn where the base of your jump is and ride your horse to the base of the jump.
You are getting jumped out of the tack because your lower body is very stiff and you're not moving with the horse. Even at the canter, you're bobbing up and down with your legs as ineffective shocks. Get your leg back underneath of you and allow your ankle to move with the movement, relax through your hip. How is your sitting canter?
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    09-19-2012, 08:37 PM
  #6
Weanling
I can sit a canter on almost any horse.... except her. I end up feeling like I'm grinding into her back. I've yet to find that light seat that just flows with her. She is very bouncy in her back legs, and she is also hollow. My gelding is on his forehand ALL the time, so I'm getting used to actually seeing her neck. We've been working a lot on stretching into the bridle and relaxing whick makes the canter 10x easier. Some days it's like she is back at he track and I have to remind her that she knows how to canter, not just gallop. My previous trainer always said to keep your foot level like a platform to stand on, so I'm still trying to get used to doing it the right way again. With her, it's hit or miss somedays- I can have beautiful dressage and an awful time jumping, or I can jump great, but not get her to give to me. I'm hoping that as she gets older, she will become a little easier to ride (or I'll get used to her)
     
    09-19-2012, 08:39 PM
  #7
Weanling
You can see what mean about her pogo-stick back legs at about 15 seconds on the first video (Sunny Jumps a Course)
     
    09-19-2012, 09:49 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
You knocked the wavy jump in the second video because you took off too long and jumped flat rather than having a nice bascule over it. You need to learn where the base of your jump is and ride your horse to the base of the jump.
You are getting jumped out of the tack because your lower body is very stiff and you're not moving with the horse. Even at the canter, you're bobbing up and down with your legs as ineffective shocks. Get your leg back underneath of you and allow your ankle to move with the movement, relax through your hip. How is your sitting canter?
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I was seeing this but didn't know how to translate into text. Thanks JDI.

At a canter approaching the jump. I would count under my breath "1,2,3" as I took the strides. Didn't really matter if I started late and went on 2 or early and went on 4. I think it helped me see the strides before the jump. Maybe it gave me something to concentrate on, maybe just a odd quirk.
     
    09-19-2012, 10:12 PM
  #9
Weanling
I always caount. I even find myself couting my steps inbetween fence posts or trying to fit 3 even steps in the sidewalk cracks LOL I'm just wierd... I can see when I'm going to have a long/short spot, I just don't see it soon enought to fix it
     
    09-19-2012, 10:16 PM
  #10
Showing
It's great practice to count! Now what you need to develop is your eye to the base of the fence; knowing where YOU want the horse to take off from, and communicating that to your horse, so that even if they want to take off long, you hold them to the base and they respond by waiting to jump when you want to jump. You will then be able to shorten or lengthen the stride to accommodate the base of the jump.
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