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post #1 of 6 Old 09-10-2010, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best jump? I'm so lost.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-11-2010, 01:07 PM
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I cannot stress enough the importance of strengthening your lower leg! It's you support over fences and is critical to success! Drop your stirrup one or two or even three holes and work on lengthening your leg and sinking your weight down into your heels. Right now you're bracing you ankles which is not allowing you to absorb the motion of riding (which is why you pop down and out of the saddle at the canter strides). Work on lots of flat work for now and over all just making yourself a tighter rider. You seem to be heading in the right direction, your hands are quiet and seem to be progress through the video, but unless your base is strong, you're never going to have any drastic improvement! Good luck and have fun! :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-11-2010, 01:13 PM
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I couldn't agree with Jag6201, your leg is so far back, your upper body is suffering from it. You need to be deeper in your seat and roll your shoulders back. But your lower leg is keeping you from that. Your stirrups look a tad short, try lengthening them a whole and sit back more in the saddle. Otherwise, you definitely are progressing!

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-11-2010, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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My leg is back and short from my instructor. I want my stirrups longer but she says they're supposed to be short for hunter jumper. They're back because she says keeping your leg there speeds them up. My leg was never that far back until I started riding there. What number jump is the best? In the first I lean back in the saddle or something. Is that correct?
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-11-2010, 10:50 PM
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Look at about 21 seconds and 36 seconds to see how your body lines up. I think that's probably the easiest time to see the problem. Your leg isn't secure on the knee pad, instead it is moving forward in front of it. Your heel is going back and up as if you are ready to do a front flip. I completely agree with countmystrides.

As for the best one, when you are riding the sorrel you seemed to do a little better.

These are all pretty easy to correct things especially if you drop that stirrup down a bit. That's the major important part. Maybe talk to your instructor and explain to her what's going on and ask for fixing it. If she still doesn't get it I would suggest finding a new trainer. There is no need to pay someone to teach you something wrong.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-13-2010, 12:45 AM
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wow, ditch that trainer. Look at 15 seconds where you're trying to 2 pt (? I think?) and the leg is waaaaaay back before you're even jumping. If this is what your trainer is telling you to do (as I understand you said, maybe I'm confused?) she doesn't know what she's doing. The last thing you want is that leg flying back and completely pitching you forward.

I have the most honest horse on earth and he'd do anything for me but I know instantly when my leg is slipping back because he'll run out on the jump for sure. It seems to be more out of concern that he thinks I'm losing my balance than him being naughty though. You can literally give him his pace, stay out of his way and he'll canter you thru an entire course perfectly with almost no steering as long as you are in a good position. That is the definition of hunter. Your trainer needs to read a little George Morris before passing on such misinformation to you!

Ps if I'm interpreting what you said wrong, please forgive me and don't take it personally, I just really think you deserve to be taught properly!
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