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post #21 of 34 Old 03-15-2013, 09:44 PM
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Great! I'd work on trying not to hollow out your back so much, and put your toe in, and definatley stay centered with his jump, but JEEZE, are you talented!? That little pony sure has got one attitude to be jumping that high!
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Jumping ahead just a little bit. It's funny how clearly our horses tell us how they are feeling about things with their ears. In the first picture you've jumped ahead just a weeee bit, but your eyes are up, your leg is solid, back is flat, and your release is polite. Your pony's ears are forward and keen to the whole thing. Then look at your second picture. You lost your iron, lost your leg, laid on his neck, and put too much weight way over his shoulder. His ears are very telling to how he's feeling about your position in that moment. I think it's great though. You're an incredible little rider.
Ahh, yes they are very... silently vocal about whats going on around them. So how do you fix jumping ahead? I have noticed that I've been doing it too. Thank you for your response

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Great! I'd work on trying not to hollow out your back so much, and put your toe in, and definatley stay centered with his jump, but JEEZE, are you talented!? That little pony sure has got one attitude to be jumping that high!
Mmm, yes, I used to roach my back, now I hollow it... GAH! Are their any excersises to help achieve a flat back? Thank you so much! That's so sweet :) Haha, he's only 14.2 he's a trooper <3

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I've barely jumped so far, but have watched many more experienced riders jump and ride for about a year now :)

You are AMAZING for not having a trainer and I absolutely love Rusty! He's so cute!

I would start working A LOT on turning your toe in with flatwork before actually jumping. By turning your toes in, you allow yourself to grip with the side on your calf instead of the back. And by doing this, you close your hip angle making your jump much cleaner and controlled. I agree about jumping forward, just work more on the flatwork again at the half seat and staying centered while keeping your bum off the saddle but NOT leaning forward/balancing over the pommel. As for your back, I would do some core excersizes and try to use your abs during half seat, DO NOT let your back dip! Focus on one thing at a time and add everything together on the flat, then onto the jumping!

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I've barely jumped so far, but have watched many more experienced riders jump and ride for about a year now :)

You are AMAZING for not having a trainer and I absolutely love Rusty! He's so cute!

I would start working A LOT on turning your toe in with flatwork before actually jumping. By turning your toes in, you allow yourself to grip with the side on your calf instead of the back. And by doing this, you close your hip angle making your jump much cleaner and controlled. I agree about jumping forward, just work more on the flatwork again at the half seat and staying centered while keeping your bum off the saddle but NOT leaning forward/balancing over the pommel. As for your back, I would do some core excersizes and try to use your abs during half seat, DO NOT let your back dip! Focus on one thing at a time and add everything together on the flat, then onto the jumping!
Awee, how sweet! Thank you.

You know, the funny thing is, is that on the flat I can keep my toes turned in, then as soon as I get in the air, BAM, they are pointing out! I thought that in a half seat you are slightly forward? Maybe not balancing over the pommel directly, but leaning forward still. I will work on trying to keep my toes in, and maybe that will possibly help straighten my back out. Thank you!

So, I found a barn in my area that gives English lessons, and I would like to go their for at least one lesson. I think it would help SO much! I couldnt bring Rusty though... Should I just use a school horse or make a way to bring him? Im tight on money, so I don't know how many lessons I could actually take, but I do believe one lesson would do a world of good, whether on Rusty or a school horse. Im already excited, and I don't even know if I could make a way to go

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Tale the lessons, even without your lovely, talented pony. You definitely have the talent and the feel for your horse. You really just need to stop jumping ahead to suddenly improve hugely. You don't need your own horse to learn that.
I jump ahead too. In fact, I kind of feel like I jump for my horse - let's go!!! Weeeee! I'm trying to get in the mindset that I just need to get out of my horse's way and stay still so he can do the jump undisturbed. I'm working on it. It's not easy. But I'm progressing ever so slowly - mostly with various mental reminders, which hopefully soon will become muscle-memory.
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Definitely take the lessons, they will certainly teach you the few tweaks that will make your riding perfect!

In half seat, you do want to lean a bit forward but you want your bum to stay right above where it was when riding normally.

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For the hollowing of your back(I do it a lot too, just not as severely) try riding the trot and canter in two-point, focusing on keeping you back straight, if you have a helper yelling at you, it helps, but if not, just keep practising. I think that once you solve your sttirrup issue, and the toe issue, it will help.
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Try shoulders up and back a bit more
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Sorry for leaving this thread for so long, but I did get the chance to take two lessons with a WONDERFUL trainer. Ahh, it was such a amazing experience. We didnt do any jumping, only flatwork, but I learned SO much, I had a headache at the end of the lessons I took one, and two weeks took another, and hopefully when I get extra money I will take more. Never the less, so I hadnt jumped for awhile and two days ago I tried, and everything just felt so wrong. I was literally laying directly on Rustys neck, not balancing over the saddle, it was just bad, it looked and felt terrible. Sooo... I set up a grid and went over that again and again with no hands, and let me tell you... handless grids are the most helpful thing ever for me

Today I went back out, more grids, with different striding, and finally worked my way back up to a higher height. (I had SUCH a amazing ride today) Okay, and now, does it look like like Im jumping ahead as much? I don't know, I can't really tell. And is my back as hollow? I need to pull my shoulders back, but it seems whenever I do, I end up hollowing my back WAY more... And my toes, I can finally get them rather straight on the flat, but in the air they still need some serious help
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post #30 of 34 Old 04-19-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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^^^ That pictures way tiny, so take two -


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