Jumping the crazy Arab! Who wants to tear us apart?

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    08-15-2012, 11:32 PM
Green Broke
Jumping the crazy Arab! Who wants to tear us apart?

Ahahaha it feels good to jump the spaz again! We were taking some lessons around Christmas time but then of course, my dear beloved Zierra, pulling up wonky AGAIN. After a few months off, she still seemed to have a hitch in her hind end from time to time so got the vet out and turns out she has high functioning stringhalt in one back leg! The remedy was basically to work her fat arse and get her back in shape! So we've taken it slow and just slowly started introducing some light jumping again!

I'd love some input since I am clearly out of jumping shape as well and with the cost of my Dressage lessons, I simply can't afford jumping lessons to boot so any advice would be muchly appreciated!

We're working on a crossrail and then 2 strides to a 2'0" vertical!

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    08-16-2012, 02:21 AM
No looking down!
    08-16-2012, 09:45 AM
Green Broke
I know I'm terrible! I have to look down to check her lead because of all that mane and her ability to feel completely balanced on the incorrect llead. I need to work on that, thanks!
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    08-16-2012, 10:24 AM
You look pretty good! Nice and balanced, controlled and enthusiastic pony... the only thing I see besides the looking down, is that you don't release enough and seem to hit your horses mouth in the landing. Lift your hands up the neck and stick your bum out a bit so your closer to the saddle in 2 point. That's all from me. :) Nice work.
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    08-16-2012, 11:00 AM
In approaching the first jump she's looking a little fussy and giraffey in her head and neck - I think she needs to be driven forward more so she approaches the jump with more energy.
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    08-16-2012, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
DancingArabian - any suggestions for keeping her from getting rushy? I tend not to push her on more because I spent the first half hour of the ride getting her to stop rushing the fence. By the end, she's gotten a lot more lazier but I'm not quite sure how to push her on without getting her excited again.

Thanks Hidalgo I'll work on that. It makes me crunch my shoulders to so I definitely need to remind myself to reach forward more for a bigger release and more stretching from my own body!
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    08-16-2012, 12:37 PM
Half halts coming into the fence, you want all that energy, but then to contain it, so you need to be pushing on but then half halt to bring her back a little.

Think of it like coiling up a spring, you are gently compressing a spring between your hands and legs, when you release the front end you are allowing all that energy to spring forward over the jump. Even if she is rushing, unless you harness and hold the energy you can't get a nice pop over.

As others have said don't look down, (my worst fault of many faults I have). Also when you are jumping think more about folding your body rather than leaning forward or two point, it stops the butt popping up into the air, most people put to much effort into very athletic poses, but actually your job over the jump is to be as little interference as you can be. Practice on the flat folding forward from your hips and looking straight forward, feels very odd when done right
    08-16-2012, 01:04 PM
Green Broke
I guess the problem is she just throws her nose straight into the air when I half halt and runs through my hand anyway. We work on them on the flat and she's fine but then the minute she sees the fence, the nose goes straight up again! We practice lots of circling in front of the fence and it feels like the only way to calm her down is to just let her get pokey! She does much better cantering into fences but I'd set it up as a trot to canter combination because we still don't get our striding all the time do I'd rather canter to a fence that's set up for her striding.
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    08-16-2012, 11:12 PM
My trainer told me to STOP mirco-managing the changes. She literally says "HIS PROBLEM! LET HIM FIGURE IT OUT!" and we will come to the next fence with him cross-cantering all the way. He dislikes this very much and has since learned to grab his leads in the corners. It's not always pretty, and it's not always balanced, but I've stopped "worrying" about it so much... which has helped a TON with allowing him to just figure it out, and allowing me to just focus on the riding and not the darn lead he's on! :)
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    08-17-2012, 12:30 AM
Green Broke
See it's not about me micro managing so much as it is just ensuring I'm riding her correctly. She KNOWS the cue to take the correct lead, but sometimes if I don't apply it correctly, she'll get the wrong one. I don't worry about it between fences necessarily, but I don't want her to be allowed to canter into the turn on the incorrect lead. She's a very bouncy, very athletic Arab who has absolutely ZERO issues cantering around on the wrong lead. I would rather not encourage it on her. We're also a FAR cry from flying changes, so there's no just letting her figure it out, she will just happily go on the wrong lead. If she does attempt a change, she'll never switch in the back. We're very much at basics still, and a far way from actual courses even, so I'll worry about it less when we get to that point I suppose!

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