Originally Posted by BlondieHorseChic View Post
She looked alot better in the video from today. With the 2 point: thinking back to when I first learned I think I remember being told to approach in 2 point because it helps you get a feel for when the horse is going to take off and how to tell. It doesnt matter as much with smaller jumps and lesson horses. (i am in NO way being degrading) With smaller jumps if you get in 2 point to early you wont be 'left behind' or if you get up to late you wont be knocked out of the saddle. Lesson horses are generaly seasoned jumpers so you don't have to worry about them refusing a jump or running out of a jump. It is NOT GOOD if you are in 2 point to early and your horse decides to turn sharp or slam on the brakes. You fall on their neck or go over thier shoulder.
This makes sense. At what point do they start teaching not to approach at 2-point? From my point of view she`s such a new rider, I`m surprised she`d doing jumping at all. But she loves it, and it seems that the instructor is safety oriented. So hopefully that`s okay.
The release doesnt matter as much over the smaller jumps. The purpose of it is so that when the horse is jumping large jumpes they can stretch out their noses to: some people say it helps propel them, others say it helps them keep their balance. I can't remember when I was told to start giving a release. I can understand why the instructor is not giving her all these things at once. If there is an infromation overload it takes the fun out of it. Once she learns all of the 'steps' to jumping it becomes a habit and you don't have to think of it. So the instructor is probably letting her get into the habit of 2 point then once she has gotten that then will work on the release.
This makes sense, thanks. How is it taught? Are they just instructed to move their hands forward?
I first learned to jump at hunter barn so I was always told I needed to lean back. The barn I am currently at told me to stay light in the saddle and just know when to have my weight forward or back. I now jump for fun since I started to hate the stress of the show circut. The position I ride in depends on what I am doing, what horse I ride, and even the terrain I ride on. So yes the eventing part could be different. (i have never been coached by an eventing instructor so I don't know first hand)
Am I right in my understanding that there are several `correct` ways to jump, based on the discipline? Is one way better than the other, or they are just different techniques?
In regard to heels. I had trouble with keeping my heels down, so one of my instructors told me to do 'heel excersises' which were basicly standing on a stair with the ball of your foot on the edge of the stair and your heel over the edge. Then put your heel down and hold the position. She had told me to do each foot seperatly and try to do this daily. Gradualy work up how long you hold the positon for. (after a few weeks she wanted me to hold it 5 minutes straight for each leg)
Thanks for this! I did read about this exercise some time ago, and told her about it, but she keeps forgetting and I don`t want to nag. I wish her instructor told her that, she really listens to her. But I`ll try reminding her one more time.
On a completly different note DO NOT let her get into the habit of looking down at the jump. Look at the jump through the horses ears, but don't look down at the jump. (i still have the habit of doing this occasionaly. It is a hard habit to break.)
I hope this helps some. Sorry for the novel of an answer and sorry for all typos and spelling errors.
This is something her instructor is working with her. I hear `look up, look up, look up` all the time!
Thank you so much, you`re so very helpful.