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    04-03-2010, 12:49 PM
  #1
Foal
Bareback jumping critique

I've been riding for about 2 years, and I've been jumping for a couple months. This is my first time jumping bareback, although I ride this pony bareback ALL the time. Pepper used to be a very enthusiastic jumper, but hasn't jumped in about a year, and now it's my job (with an instructor and her owner to help me, don't worry!) to get Pepper back into jumping!

I set up two little rails, 2 strides apart, which she was more than happy to go over! But the little crossrail mounted on two yellow cartons was SO scary to her, so she ducked out a couple times! The 3rd time, she dove hard to the left, and I kept going over the jump without her!!

We did eventually make it over all 3 (on the 4th try, after I fell off), but it's not a very good video. So please don't be too harsh on me or Pepper, as this is just a little introduction for both of us, but I would like critique on both of us, and I'd like to post a pretty funny video here! Enjoy!
     
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    04-03-2010, 12:50 PM
  #2
Foal

Oops here it is
     
    04-03-2010, 01:25 PM
  #3
Weanling
I really don't want to be harsh, because I think you and whoever is working the video camera seem very well intentioned, but I noticed alot that I think you should fix.

You position is not secure enough to be jumping bareback. You are just grabbing onto the mane and expecting the pony to go through the line without any direction. That is why she is running out on the jumps.

Are those little girls sitting on the ground? If Pepper did decide to bolt or spooked sideways those girls would not be able to move in time.

I think you need to put a saddle on her to teach her to jump. All you are doing now is teaching her to run out on jumps. In my opinion, your position is not secure enough to be jumping bareback at all, let alone trying to teach a horse to jump bareback. Once you can jump without grabbing mane you could try bareback.
     
    04-03-2010, 01:31 PM
  #4
Weanling
You look like your having a lot of fun which is great, but I agree with the person above. You need to work on your position so you don't need to grab mane to go over the jump. If your hands are full of mane, your can't stear the pony over the jump. And if yournot stearing and you keep letting her run out, it will teach her to run out. Try with a saddle until your position is perfect, then try bareback
     
    04-03-2010, 05:38 PM
  #5
Trained
Agreed with the above posters. I don't think this kind of activity will benefit either of you.

Cute little pony though, makes me think of a black Merrylegs [from Black Beauty].
     
    04-03-2010, 05:49 PM
  #6
Weanling
I agree that there are some things that you need to work on, but it takes practice!

What an adorable little pony! He reminds me of my pony Snapple. I think after a little bit of work, he is going to look great over jumps!
     
    04-03-2010, 08:29 PM
  #7
Yearling
Agreed with the ^^ posts. It will also help you greatly to find your center of gravity while riding, and get some balance. It looks like you fell of before the jump and that's probably because of a number of things, but especially because you are not balanced. Do basic work like walk, trot, canter in the saddle or bareback (which is what I would suggest) and when you can do all three gaits bareback without feeling unstable, than move to the jumping. But of course, make sure your pony knows how to jump as well first.

Other than that, you guys look very cute lol
     
    04-03-2010, 09:12 PM
  #8
Foal
Although I agree with what everyone is saying, the reason I'm grabbing mane is because I want her to have complete room to stretch out her neck while she jumps without me holding onto her at all. I can jump without holding the mane, but I wanted to be off her mouth and her back as much as possible. Also, I am very secure bareback at walk, posting, sitting and 2-point trot, canter and gallop, especially on Pepper.

Pepper was a great jumper before, she just switched owners and had some time off.

Here's how this went: yes, there are little girls there (I am a camp counselor, and this is at a spring break camp for little girls), but they're not sitting on the ground. We free-jumped Pepper before I got on, and the reason the girls are standing there is because before, they all had longe whips and lead ropes to steer her towards the jump. We free-jumped her three times, then I rode her through 3 times, the 3rd being when I fell off. The 4th time, when I got back on, we got over all 3 jumps easily and then we let her go back to her buddies.
     
    04-03-2010, 09:25 PM
  #9
Trained
O_O

If you are completely stable at the walk and trot and canter, you can give her her mouth and get off her back without grabbing mane. Grabbing mane alters your whole center of gravity.

However, by watching the video of you trotting and cantering on your pony, I would have to disagree. You could definitely be more secure.
     
    04-03-2010, 09:34 PM
  #10
Foal
I know that it's not perfect and there's a lot I need to work on- I'm not disagreeing with that. But I was under a lot of pressure here, I had been been looking after six very young kids and seven horses with not much help for two whole days, and I had zero chance to establish a good walk, trot and canter before I had to jump her. I just hopped on and the owner told me to go.
     

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