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  • I get ahead of my horse while jumping

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    10-25-2011, 04:59 PM
Welllll I took jump lessons about 30 years ago.

What I was thinking while approaching was, OMG I hope we get over that jump!

After the jump I asked my coach how I did. She said I'd do much better if I actually kept my eyes open while jumping.

Dunno, I'm scared of heights so it was an exercise to overcome my fears.
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    11-03-2011, 08:43 PM
Green Broke
"1, 2, 3...Look up, smack, GOOOOOOD pony, squeeze, release, Look to next fence, GOOOOOOOOD pony, sit back, chill, AWESOME girl"

That's how it goes. (I talk to my horse the WHOLE courses. People look at me funny when I walk out of the arena....)
    11-04-2011, 04:24 AM
Interesting question. For me it totally depends on the horse I'm riding and how we're working together that day. Most of the time when I'm riding my sisters TB I'm thinking relax, relax, relax, and follow on take off. This is because I can get very tense and rigid on him due to his thrusty jump I'm not yet used to which can make me a bit nervous, and being the good boy he is when he feels me tense and stop my motion in the saddle he'll do a lovely halt for me haha. On my Anglo Arab I like to count the strides as rythm when jumping is not yet a strong point and if you let her she'll build and build to every fence
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    11-04-2011, 04:29 AM
Green Broke
I think... if I close my eyes, I'll get it over and done with... and hopefully the horse will jump, and I go with it... not a good jumper, don't have the nerves!
    11-04-2011, 06:57 AM
Shove those heels down, half halt, sit back, wait for the fence, let his neck come to you, weight centered, big release, don't pop him in the mouth, don't come up too early, shoulders back, get ready for the turn.

MIE, I think too much too. I have to calculate every situation beforehand or I feel disorganized. For example, I'm trying to decide which of my horses to use in Versitility at fair next year (yes, nine months away....), so I physically calculated every point I thought they could earn with work in each of the four required disiplines. I'm unbelievably frustrated right now because they all "scored" the same amount of total points in my head!
    12-18-2011, 03:29 PM
Depends on the horse, but I struggle with having a blank mind. I'm trying to get over "going blank" over fences and when I change something in my riding (for example, going from posting to 2 point my horse loses its rider :/).

I think wait, wait, wait (I don't want to get ahead of the horse)... I calculate how much release I need to give, I remember to look past the jump, and I think "pop the pony" (squeeze HARD with the lower leg, I'm weak!) and maybe a tap with the crop. I also think about my pace, straighness, etc. And get my legs under me, so they don't swing back.
    12-18-2011, 04:04 PM
Oh goodness, my horse is an absolute power house and will jump ANYTHING (he was only SJed because he gets way to excited in XC, barely in control)

So i'm thinking: 'Oh crap, Hang on, Point him at jump, Oh crap, heels down, oh crap, WRONG JUMP, Oh crap, bolt, heels down, MANE MANE MANE, phew, next jump, oh crap...'

Haha not really :), but if I think to much about that will deffiently happen! I find the best way to keep me calm when jumping (especially when i've just recovered from a bolt and about to jump) is to say outloud "TITTY BUM, TITTY BUM, TITTY BUM," it kind of makes me giggle, and it goes in the rhythem of a horses feet :)
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    12-21-2011, 07:08 AM

Line. Rhythm. LINE. Carry those hands. Heels down. Let him go lethimgolethimgolethimgo release flight getaway bring him back ahhhk that went (however well/badly we jumped) and you could've done this this and that better...

We're only jumping single jumps at the moment because Monty gets overexcited and I want him 100% calm and relaxed every time over singles before we set up any kind of course or related lines.
    12-28-2011, 03:59 AM
"Leg, up, leg, up" in rhythm with the strides. This reminds me to keep my leg on, but also to keep it back. Up is to force me to sit up and wait for the horse, to put my weight in my heels, and to keep my eyes up. A part of my brain is also looking at the line or at something in my eyeline (at a trakehner at my last event, there was a tree branch that looked phallic, and we all laughed about it during the course walk--and of course we all looked up at that point in the course, chuckled to ourselves, relaxed a bit, and all had a lovely jump there). I'll even chant "leg, up" out loud pretty often--ONCE I have my line and as I'm running through what my coach has said. Since I typically visualize first, I'm usually in good shape.
    12-28-2011, 04:12 AM
I count the strides down from 4, then just hope for the best xD
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