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    02-05-2011, 05:33 PM
What does judge mean by jumping strap?

Hi All,
Here is my horse with my 13 year old daughter up. She's still pretty green to jumping and routinely has trouble keeping her heels down. It's partly her own confirmation, I think. Posted on "Judge my ride" on facebook. They said her stirrups were too long, lower leg slipped back and heels came up (yes). And said a jumping strap would be a big help. Sorry, thought Judge my ride was public, but you can't see it. So here it the photo she posted:

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Anybody know what the judge means by a "jumping strap" would be a big help? Is it a martingale so she'll know where to put her hands? Or something to help teach the horse to get his knees up?

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    02-05-2011, 06:31 PM
Well I thought that It was a strap that goes around the horses lower neck as a security thing so the rider can hold that when she releases and doesn't jab the horse in the mouth. But Im not sure...
    02-05-2011, 06:39 PM
It's exactly what PintoTess described. You could even use a belt if you needed to. This is a jockey on a racehorse, but it is the same thing http://www.finpowrie.com/fin/images/...ey_equip06.jpg

If anything, it looks like your daughter doesn't have a very secure position, and knows it. Lots of two point will help. Novice riders/jumpers will put themselves in the same position as her for balance and security, if the jumping strap is placed correctly, she will learn to balance herself and have the right amount of release. It's all a matter of building strength and confidence. Sometimes you just gotta learn to "let go" (of her hands and arms that is) lol
    02-05-2011, 08:30 PM
^^ exactly

That is an adorable pony ! Reminds me of the one that taught me to jump
    02-05-2011, 08:38 PM
You can just use a leather :)

The Coaches at the barn I board at, just use leathers for their younger students to help them learn where to place their hands over a fence, and to help achieve confidence - as cosmo already stated :)
    02-06-2011, 12:50 AM
^Same, both barns I've ridden at just used a stirrup leather around the neck.
    02-06-2011, 09:32 AM
I have seen to a standing martingale with the mane tied around the neck strap to hold it in a certain place
    02-06-2011, 10:22 AM
I also think that this horse is not a good choice for a tentative rider.

The horse is overjumping this tiny fence by at least a foot, and is very round in the air - a very difficult horse for a novice rider to stay with, and the thrust and roundness are probably both intimidating and compound any position flaws.

Please don't misunderstand - it's a lovely, athletic horse, but this rider would probably be safer and more secure on a schoolie that made less enthusiastic of a jumping effort.
    02-06-2011, 10:53 AM
Ahh,, thanks everyone. Yes, he is definetly a bit much for a novice rider. She does ride school horses from time to time, but she's coming along with him. Well, we both are. Anyway, I'll check with the trainer with a reminder that now would be a good time for a few lessons on a school horse, and I have plenty of stirrup leathers lying around I can grab. This pic was from last summer though, so we are both looking better these days.

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