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post #1 of 10 Old 07-29-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping?

How could I improve my jumping? Also, I know my foot position is terrible, any advice on that would be appreciated :L Thank you! Xx

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-29-2012, 06:18 PM
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back your foot out of those stirrups!! They should rest on the balls of your feet, thus allowing you to push your heels down.

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Terrible? It's dangerous. Toes up, heels down.

You need to work on your two-point on the flat and over poles. Concentrate on sinking most of your weight into your heels and distributing the contact of your leg through your upper thigh and calf... leaving your knee light on the saddle, rather than the only point of contact.

Your butt/body you want over the center of the saddle, not crouched over the pommel and your hands. Think of it as squatting over the saddle, rather than a forward motion.

Once your weight is in your legs rather than your hands, you need to practice a release... preferably a crest release grabbing mane till you are steady.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-29-2012, 08:10 PM
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You really need to work in keeping those toes pointed up and heels pushed down. I see that the stirrups are put in the middle section if your foot. Keep the stirrups on the balls of
Your feet (near an inch down from the toes). To practice, find a set if stairs and stand on the balls if your feet with your heels hanging over the edge. Push your heels down and put your toes up. Maybe even try bending your knees so you know what it feels like. Tell yourself that this is right. Now do the opposite, standing on your tip toes and heel up. Tell yourself this is wrong. Do this 20 times every day for homework so that it will stick in your head and you may even do it naturally when riding! You need to relax your knee off the saddle and keep your balance in your lower leg. Also, by the looks of it you're leaning your weight in your hands which is laid on the neck. Don't do this because you will get off balance. Heels down, don't pinch your knee, don't lean your weight on the neck, and don't go up so far over the saddle, which is caused by pinching knees. But your doing great, practice practice!
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-30-2012, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I know, it is a big problem, and I'm trying to fix it. I hope I'll get there eventually :L
Also, I forgot to mention that this isn't my horse. I have a lesson once or twice a week, and it's usually schooling, so I haven't had too much practice with jumping! My heels aren't too bad when I'm in the school, it's just when I'm jumping, usually x
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Heels down, stirrup on the ball of your foot, and legs forward on some photos!
I'm glad that you said that you noticed what you were doing wrong; self awareness means a good rider!
I suggest doing some leg and back stretches and maybe some stirrupless riding to build up those thighs.
Good luck and have fun!
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-30-2012, 09:59 PM
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Before you keep jumping you need to realllyy strengthen that lower leg. Your leg should stay close to the same when you jump. Practice two-point on the flat. Pull your feet out of the stirrups. BALL OF YOUR FEET. And HEELS DOWN. If your horse decided to refuse a jump and you were like that you would most likely fall down. Your weight would be in the wrong place.
Pull your shoulders back when going over the fence too.
These might help you:
How to Strengthen Legs for Horseback Riding |
& this is only the basics but maybe a refresher will help you? We all need it sometimes:)
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I know a lot of people have pointed this out, but it looks like you're gripping with your knee. I do this too, and my trainer always says to "hold on like a tick" with my lower leg, and that my knee should even be able to come off the saddle. It also looks like you are jumping a little ahead of your horse, and putting yourself in too much of a 2 point. Ideally, the horse jumping should bring you up into a 2 point. It's kind of like when you post, you're not actively standing up and sitting down but moving with your horse's back. This is what's bringing your upper body forward and, in effect, your lower leg back and your heel up.
If you try not to overdo the 2 point, and relax your knees, when you jump your body will move just a little bit forward, and your leg won't swing back. If your heels are down before the fence, they should stay down if your leg doesn't swing back, so I would work on your knees and upper body first.
Also, don't forget a big crest release! Halfway up the neck is ideal :)

The horse you're riding seems to be having a lot of fun. You two make a good pair.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-01-2012, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I rode this horse again today (a flat work lesson in the school) and I focused on keeping the stirrups at the ball of my feet and my heels down. We did some circling and cantering etc and I think by next week if I keep practicing, it might come a lot more naturally! And yeah, this horse is a lovely boy! :)
(We do a lot of non-stirrup work so I suppose my lower leg will get stronger eventually, I'll keep practicing!)
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-02-2012, 05:34 PM
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those jumps arent that high so you dont needa bend so much. My instructor tells me to bend a little not like im diving into a swimming pool

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