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post #1 of 9 Old 09-17-2012, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Critique me jumping a line

This was the first line I did with my mare. I know it's not much, but I really want to improve my position because I want to help her jump better (she is only 4). I know I ran her into the transition before the jump- oops :)

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-18-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-21-2012, 06:26 AM
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I agree with what you said about letting her rush into the transition before the jump. You really need to sit deep, but your inside leg on the girth, outside leg behind the girth and ask for the canter. Specially because she is only four, you need to make this consistent. I think she would also benefit if you picked up the canter, did a circle or two THEN asked her to jump. She should really have a nice and steady canter before the jump, instead of all being within a few strides. She looked a little awkward and unbalanced to me.

Your position is nice, just remember to keep everything stable. Give with your hands, but don't 'throw them at her'. It also looked a little to me that you were throwing your leg forward (however, that could have been my little screen on my phone).

And, I'm going to make the classical young horse jumping comment. Remember, if you want her to be a good jumper when she is older - do not rush her now. Do lots of flatwork with her, be careful of her joints and really have the basics 'perfect' before you move up. Otherwise, these faults are just going to get more obvious as the jumps get higher.

She looks sweet, once she gets a little more collected she'll be great. (:
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Thank you :) I was practicing for my show this weekend, but I've decided that the next few months will be mostly dressage. She really needs to gain strength in her right side from being at the track. I will have to jump her once a week though. I haven't jumped her in about a week and a half and yesterday she decided to jump out of her field. It is a 4ft+ fence. Once she was out and I was freaking out, she decided to jump back into the field. Crazy mare HAS to keep things interesting

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I would work on dressage with your horse. She needs to learn to rock back onto her hindquarters before a jump and just in her canter in general. You are trying to counteract that by sitting back too much. Keep a steady two point, gently hovering over the saddle. I attached a picture of how you were sitting back before the jump whereas you want to be a little bit more forward- see red line. You don't want to be very far forward, just a be slightly tilted forward with your seatbones sitting very lightly in the saddle. Also, don't forget to give a release. So, I would work on getting your horse on the bit, lots of dressage!
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Yes, I also noticed you were a little behind. More dressage work ;)

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The only way I've been able to sit her canter is by sitting far back and it feels like I'm grinding into her back. We've been working with a trainer and the past 2 weeks have been focused on relaxing her back. We have just got it consistently at the trot and now we are going to work on the canter. She still needs a ton of muscle because it's hard for her to engage her inside hind when we go to the right. I usually stop jumping around November, so stopping a month early won't hurt :)

I also think that I'm going to put her in training with my instructor 3 days a week for a month this winter. I really don't want to mess up with her and she is the first horse that I will have trained all by my self.

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The only way I've been able to sit her canter is by sitting far back and it feels like I'm grinding into her back. We've been working with a trainer and the past 2 weeks have been focused on relaxing her back. We have just got it consistently at the trot and now we are going to work on the canter. She still needs a ton of muscle because it's hard for her to engage her inside hind when we go to the right. I usually stop jumping around November, so stopping a month early won't hurt :)

I also think that I'm going to put her in training with my instructor 3 days a week for a month this winter. I really don't want to mess up with her and she is the first horse that I will have trained all by my self.
that's great! I would love to see some videos of her progress.

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We are doing a combined test tomorrow, so I'm sure I'll have pictures or videos :)

I'm also keeping a blog of our progress. The link is in my signature. There aren't any flatting videos, but I'll post some tomorrwo.

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