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post #1 of 5 Old 06-05-2012, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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How to land the bigger jumps?

I don't usually jump my horse very big. As I don't have the heart for it much anymore. However, from time to time my trainer will put them up and we have a little fun. The trouble is, I can't seem to wrap my mind around what to do with my body on the landing side of the bigger fences (other than to just stay off his back and out of his mouth!). My horse has a very active hind and tends to pop me out of the tack, if i'm not careful. So what are some things I could work on here?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-05-2012, 01:50 AM
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Sit up! And shoulders back! Your back is rounded and you're quite hunched.

It helps to push your weight down your heels and sit up, while letting the reins slip through your hands to give with your horse's stretch. :) Don't just drop him, but instead of throwing your position away to avoid hitting him in the mouth (don't hit him in the mouth of course) just lengthen your reins.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-05-2012, 07:12 PM
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Looks like you are looking either at your horse's ears or at the ground in front of you. Look ahead at. Where you are going... Might help with rounding your back too.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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I do tend to stare aimlessly at his neck in hopes that he's in frame. Hahaha! I also struggle with keeping my shoulders back. I started working with a second trainer just last weekend. She's an equitation trainer and doesn't let me get away with a whole lot. So i'm really hoping that my position, as well as my horses suppleness, will improve with her help.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-08-2012, 11:50 AM
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Flatten your back and your shoulders look tense.
I have that problem too haha, my trainer makes me jump with no hands and also grid work to help that problem-- I'm sure your trainer does too since she's an equitation trainer xD
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