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    02-20-2013, 10:32 PM
Tips for jumping?

I'm getting back into English, and I had a lesson the week before last. I jumped about 1 ft at a canter (soo much fun! I missed jumping ALOT). I got left behind and was a little late coming up into the jump sometimes. One time I did it great (IMO) but a few times I felt like I was behind the horse a little. Any tips? What are some tips y'all have for jumping/English riding overall? Thanks!

PS I used to do English 4 years ago but switched to Western and now I'm switching back :)
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    02-21-2013, 12:53 AM
Preferably take some refresher lessons. Your chance of injury increases 10x once you start jumping. Being safe is the most important thing.

Do lots of riding at all gaits in a good, solid 2-point. Do trot-poles in 2-point. Do 2-point with your arms out like wings. Do 2-point without stirrups, etc. Start practicing jumping at a trot, not a canter. Approach the jump with trot poles before the jump. Small jumps, like you're doing. Be sure you're forward in your jump position going over the trot poles so you don't get left behind over the jump. Baby steps.
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    02-22-2013, 02:24 PM
I wouldn't worry about it too much at this point. A couple more lessons and you will have the feel for it much better. The good thing is, you're not jumping infront of your horse, which is not only a hard habit to break, but it can be extremely dangerous. I usually set ground poles one stride before and after my fences, I sit up straight, place my weight in my heels and when my horse steps over the pole on the take-off side give a slight squeeze with my legs and let my body fold over the fence with my horse, with my bottom still centered in or just slightly above the seat of my saddle. If you ever find yourself feeling "left behind" just let your reins slip so you don't hit your horse in the mouth.
    02-26-2013, 11:07 PM
I find just sitting there, my body tends to pop into jump position as my horse jumps without me thinking about it too much.

I like to either grab some mane about 1/2way up the neck or just a neckstrap to avoid catching my horse in the mouth while jumping... The neckstrap has the added benefit of being able to be used for balance too if needed :)
    02-27-2013, 02:06 PM
While you're learning to jump, I think grabbing a little mane right before takeoff is good--it will keep you from catching your horse in the mouth, and it will help pull you into position, which will give you a feel for where you should be over fences.

Once you get the feel for it, try it without mane. It may take a few tries, but eventually you'll get a feel for a release and where your body should be without needing to hang on.
    02-27-2013, 09:46 PM
A jump should land in the canter. Meaning it should fall right into the canter stride so if you always think 123 123 123 as the horse approaches the fence, you will be able to better time your two point position.

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