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        05-21-2011, 09:43 PM
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    Hey everyone! Soo I need help with my jumping position I have been riding for five years and have just recently got a Belgian warmblood who will jump the moon! Unfortunatly, I havent jumped since last summer after a fall off my stubborn arabian I do have alot of potential and wish to start jumping at shows later in June. I need some tips from you guys to get my halfseat better! I feel as if I get too high out of the saddle, in pictures you can see it but I don't feel it when im riding! My horse,who is 16.3, also has a GIGANTIC stride which keeps me on top of things. PLEASE HELP! Thank youu
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        05-21-2011, 09:56 PM
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    Can you post some photos of your typical jumping style?
        05-22-2011, 08:17 PM

    This is me riding my old arab, I have learned not to pull on horses mouthes anymore but I still can't keep my butt closer to the saddle no matter how hard I try!
        05-23-2011, 06:32 AM
    Looks like you're doing what I do, jumping the fence for the horse!

    I finally learned how to sit back and wait when I got left behind when the horse I was riding took off waay too early at a jump, and all I could do was fold from the hips to get myself into jumping position!

    I've tried to replicate that ever since, but I find it awfully hard to get out of the habit of throwing myself over the jump before the horse takes off!!
        05-23-2011, 06:45 AM
    It would help to have some more/better photos, but I can tell what I see with this one.

    It looks like you have a lot of grip in your knee and not enough through your calf and ankle. The horse's motion causes your knee to act like a fulcrum and sends your hip and upper body forward.

    So first you need to re-educate your leg and put more grip down through your calf. It's all right if your knee rests on the saddle, but it should not be gripping - your knee needs to open and close and retain some shock absorption.

    Next, practice correct two point on the flat at the walk, trot and canter, and practice moving from sitting or posting into two point and back, concentrating on using your hip joint and keeping your crotch over the center of the saddle.

    Then try the rider's push up exercise - find a good, secure two point where you're balanced with relying on the horse's neck. Fold your hip until your chest touches the horses mane, then unfold and come back up, maintaining your leg and seat position.

    Finally, work through grids and gymnastics, both with and without strirrups, and concentrate on letting the horse's motion push you out of the saddle/produce the hip folding rather than jumping up the horse's neck.

    It's a hard habit to correct, but it can be done. Good luck!
        05-23-2011, 01:15 PM
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    Good post, Maura. I have little to add.

    I would drop your stirrups a hole, or two, over jumps this small. You don't need them quite so short for these little jumps. Bend those knees and allow your seat to move toward the back of your saddle.
        05-23-2011, 04:09 PM
    Thanks for the tips you guys :) it really helps! And yeah im not doing crossrails like those anymore ;) more in the 2'6 height. I do think im gripping with my knees which cause my upper body to swing. My arab didnt really have a round belly, and I have long legs, so there was really nothing to grip on to. But now that I have my warmblood I think things will get better. Thanks again!
        05-23-2011, 04:20 PM
    Just remember relax and wait for the fence.. the horse will lift you out of the saddle and as long as you stay relaxed and soft you will not pinch with your knee and you will grip with your calf

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