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post #1 of 15 Old 01-21-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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My first jumps ever!

My dad was wondering if his horse would jump, soooo we decided I should give it a try, being the weirdo in the area that takes interest in English riding. I'd been riding this horse English for a while now, we've done trotting poles and some cavaletti under western tack too. I set up a little jump, and such, and she jumped it in-hand, so I saddled up and gave it a try.

I know the ground is fine! The snow has been stirred up with sand and there's no ice or anything. The horses were ripping around like nuckleheads this morning there.
Please be gentle...


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post #2 of 15 Old 01-21-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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My dad was wondering if his horse would jump, soooo we decided I should give it a try, being the weirdo in the area that takes interest in English riding. I'd been riding this horse English for a while now, we've done trotting poles and some cavaletti under western tack too. I set up a little jump, and such, and she jumped it in-hand, so I saddled up and gave it a try.

I know the ground is fine! The snow has been stirred up with sand and there's no ice or anything. The horses were ripping around like nuckleheads this morning there.
Please be gentle...

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**Also, I checked my diagonals at random, and it was on the correct one about 90% on the time!!!!!

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post #3 of 15 Old 01-21-2012, 08:24 PM
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It looks fun! The one thing I would be careful of, as I did it myself the first few times I jumped, is not releasing enough. My instructor had me over exaggerate my releases until I got my seat down so I didn't cause my horse's mouth any discomfort. :)
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-21-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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It looks fun! The one thing I would be careful of, as I did it myself the first few times I jumped, is not releasing enough. My instructor had me over exaggerate my releases until I got my seat down so I didn't cause my horse's mouth any discomfort. :)
Thanks for the tip!!! I'll be sure to try that next time I go over a few jumps.

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post #5 of 15 Old 01-21-2012, 09:42 PM
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Looking good! Good job! Make sure you keep your leg back though -- remember shoulder, hip, heel. All in line :)
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 09:23 AM
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Looking good! Heels down, and the only thing I as a jumper would try to work on is as your approaching both jumps go into a 2-point :) That way when your horse approaches the second jump he/she doesn't feel rushed as your going into your position! Very pretty horse!

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post #7 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 10:40 AM
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Yes, bigger release for when he's starting out! He looks like he jumps well, but just needs a bit more impulsion, or "step" going up to the jump.
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 11:20 AM
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Remember to keep from the knee down in a solid place and heels down. That looks good for tghe first time jumping!
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 11:53 AM
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Very nice beginning. There is good advice above and I have little to add. Maybe the stirrup one hole shorter to allow you to settle into the stirrup easier.

Lovely horse and you two look good together. Are you going to be able to take any jumping lessons where you are? Now is the time to think about it. You are a really nice team and the beginning is when bad habits can start. I would hate to see a combination with so much promise go down any wrong paths.

If no lessons are in the future, keep posting your progress. Cyber coaching is better than nothing
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-22-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to have to stick with cyber-coaching... with parents who don't like English and lessons over an hour and a half away...my options are very limited. Thanks everyone!

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