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post #21 of 30 Old 12-28-2011, 04:12 AM
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"Look straight ahead, breathe, relax, go with the horse, goooood boy, keep cantering, look straight ahead..."

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post #23 of 30 Old 02-29-2012, 12:47 AM
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I usually just sing. I'll sing whatever song is stuck in my head, and change the tempo of the song to match the rythm of the canter. It helps me keep my horse steady, and it relaxes me so I don't get too tense.

Although, lately I've been approaching the fence thinking "Keep your butt in the saddle... Keep Your Butt IN THE SADDLE. BUTT IN THE SADDLE!!!" because I tend to perch and get ahead of the horse, instead of waiting for the horse's thrust to get me out.
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My eventing days are long over but, I always got fixed in my mind that 'Hey, this is fun, lets go for it!'
The old adage of 'throw your heart over a fence and the horse will follow' rings true and so I never worried about my position, only the line and speed of approach.

Now, when out Fox Hunting approaching a big hedge with heaven knows what sort of landing on the other side, my approach to the fence begins "Our Father, Who art in heaven................................ "
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post #25 of 30 Old 03-02-2012, 08:36 PM
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My eventing days are long over but, I always got fixed in my mind that 'Hey, this is fun, lets go for it!'
The old adage of 'throw your heart over a fence and the horse will follow' rings true and so I never worried about my position, only the line and speed of approach.

Now, when out Fox Hunting approaching a big hedge with heaven knows what sort of landing on the other side, my approach to the fence begins "Our Father, Who art in heaven................................ "
ahhahahahahahaha
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post #26 of 30 Old 03-05-2012, 07:59 PM
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I see every step on course as part of a big dance. As I approach a jump I am already visualizing the next jump and working on everything I need to do NOW to jump the fence in front of me in just the right way to set me up for the next one. I am always thinking one, maybe two jumps ahead. That way I get the angles I need, the turns I need, the distances I need (more curve or less to keep the distance in the stride I want), and I land on the lead I need.

This is what goes through my mind as I approach a jump. The jump in front of me is simply in my way to do everything I now need to do for the next ones..
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post #27 of 30 Old 03-08-2012, 03:14 PM
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I think before I start. Once we're moving though, I go on feel/instinct. It's when I start actively thinking that things go wrong!
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post #28 of 30 Old 03-13-2012, 01:52 PM
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Since my horse is new to XC she usually over jumps jumps or will stop dead flat haahah but I usually count strides before the jump and then a couple stride away I think heel leg, elbow, release, shoulders, look up...and then during the jump if my horse over jumps I'm thinking 'Holy crap horse, its a 2'6" jump not 4" and if my horse stops dead flat I'm usually on the ground looking up at my horse who looks like she's saying 'Mom why are you on the ground', and I'm thinking 'get back on
And do it again' hahah
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post #29 of 30 Old 03-20-2012, 11:34 PM
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That depends! :) Sometimes I count, and (especially when I've got the adrenaline going in cross country) sometimes I'll like... yell it aloud. I'll also talk to Mudpie. We have small conversations, actually. People look at us weird.

Sometimes I don't think at all and I just concentrate and feel. You know? ;)

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Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
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post #30 of 30 Old 03-22-2012, 02:13 PM
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I'm thinking about my approach and take off and visualising having a great jump and landing. I'm looking upwards about 10 feet above the jump but in the direction of the next jump and getting ready for the best approach for the next jump.
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