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post #1 of 10 Old 09-19-2009, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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My horse Jasper has been jumping for a couple years, and I have with him since June. Any advice would be great, but please be nice
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-19-2009, 04:01 PM
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Shoulders back & bring your chest out more.And make sure your not too far out of the saddle.Besides that, great job!!!:)
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-19-2009, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, I've been trying to work on that, where should I be in relationship to the saddle while I'm in two-point? I'm always afraid that if I'm too far back when I land I'll slam on his back. Thanks for your critique!
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-19-2009, 05:11 PM
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Youd be surprised how far back you acctualy should stay. If your infront or ontop of the pommel your in trouble! Your lower body should only go a litle further forward, its more huvering over the area where you would normaly sit to take your weight off the horse. While in the 2 point you should feel like if your horse were to buck or run out etc. you can be in sitting position instantly. Dont go into the land of no return!

Otherwise your doing great!
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what i see is you lack a true solid foundation in your lower leg that is causing your leg to slide back and your upper body come forward. you are also jumping ahead and your horse seems to be lurching rather than rocking back and pushing over the jump.

first, i'd recommend some flat work w/o stirrups as well as in all two-point to strengthen your lower leg, deepen your seat, and help you be more secure in the tack. next, i'd work over small gymnastics no more than 2' high and at least 3 - 4 in a row set about 1 - 2 strides apart. if you don't have experience setting gymnastics, please get the help of a trainer! in doing the gymnastics, ride in two point the entire time and close your eyes (yes, really!) this way you can get the feel of moving with the horse without anticipating the jump and forcing your upper body up and out of the saddle too soon which is what you are doing now. the more you strengthen your lower leg, and wait for the jump to come to you, the better your position will be and the less you'll find your heel riding up, leg slipping back, and pinching with your knee. close your fingers on the reins and lower yourself into the tack more and let the horse jump for you.

in addition to helping your position, it will also help with your horse's drapey front end and sloppy take off spots, forcing him to also relax and balance and engage his hind end more - yes, even over jumps as small as 2'.

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-20-2009, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much. I actually have done gymnastics before, at my last lesson, but I don't feel totally comfortable doing them without a trainer there to assist me. I was definetly tense that becasue Jasper was being a little racey (since school has started I don't get to get out that opten :( ) Thank you for your advice
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try to get down further but still stay tall.

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post #8 of 10 Old 09-21-2009, 11:06 PM
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No critique here, but your horse is stunning! He is huge!

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 01:23 PM
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CJ has some great advice. I would add that as far as how far out of the saddle you should be is a misnomer. You don't want to be OUT of the saddle you want to be LIGHT in the saddle. You want to fold with your hips as your horse comes up into the jump. You don't want to actually lift yourself out of the saddle into two point, let the horse put you where you should be. I would also suggest adding a ground pole about a half-stride to a full stride before the jump. Make your horse bounce the pole so he's collected and you're ready for the jump. It will improve both your jumping immensely and definitely do as many gymnastics as possible with and without stirrups! Also, a good flatwork drill is to work on slowing and speeding up within gaits especially at the canter and trot, it helps you learn to regulate strides so you can find the perfect distances!
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-24-2009, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Nittany, I'll definetly try using the gound pole
Thanks everyone!

No critique here, but your horse is stunning! He is huge!
haha, he is huge. He's about 16.2 (16.1 on registration) and I need a 54" girth for english saddles, and he's not that overweight according to the vet ??? haha, I love him
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