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post #1 of 9 Old 05-11-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Falling off 2 times in one lesson when doing jumps

Heyy before I off load my next riding problem on you guys just want to say thanks so much for help with my previous post got a good response. Anyways I am working on my jumping its not the first time I'm jumping as I did actually take part in a training show with 50 cm jumps but today was different I fell off twice in one lesson. Both times it was my fault I guess. The first time I was cantering my horse and as we came to the side poles of a jump in the arena he was going. through to the jump so I pulled him to the side, so he did
, but I slipped and fell I think I can't remember clearly and the next thing I know as I'm getting up my horse has taken off and is running away like a bat out of a cage out of the arena like there's no tomorrow I like a stupid am running after him anyways the second time I was going for a jump there was 3 in a row and I went into it skew so I don't know how but I somehow fell and once again he took off luckily still in the arena though this was my second and third falls. When I tried those 3 jumps again all in a row what happened was after the first 1 my feet came out of the stirrups and the next 2 jumps I took like without stirrups as they were immediately one after another I did manage to stay on though. Any ideas on how to not fall and if I fall how to fall without getting hurt luckily I never get hurt this time and tips on how to better control my horse as from the start he didn't want to enter the arena and how to do those jumps. Please thanks in advance you guys will be saving me lots of embarrassing moments 8-}
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-11-2013, 04:18 PM
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Here is something that i learned. My trainer use to say "the more times you pick your self out of the dirt, the more you learn" Falling can be from many things, bad balance, horse hurts...etc. Just keep getting up and learn from what you did.
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When I was first starting to learn to jump ( I'm still learning, but when I was jumping 10cm cavelleti) I fell off around 2 times a lesson. My horse wasn't naughty (well, it would have helped if she had thought to, ya know, jump it it was 10cm instead of a meter or whatever) but I just didn't have the skills yet to stay on. I had about 6 or 7 lessons like then before it clicked in my head and we began to really progress. So don't feel bad, you will get there!
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-12-2013, 11:26 PM
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I have fallen off so many times while jumping that I can no longer count them.

I tend to let my heels creep up so my weight is no longer in them, lose one stirrup and then eat dirt...

I have done a lot of work in two point concentrating on where my weight is and keeping my heels down. I also find if I focus on my next jump (not the one I am jumping) it helps me relax due to the jump no seeming so big.
Also remember to sit still before the jump. The more you lean forward to anticipate the jump, the harder it will be for your horse to get his front legs up and over the jump due to your centre of balance changing. Leaning forward will not help if your horse catleaps or refuses - it will make it more likely that you will fall. You need to sit up, look over the jump (not at it), keep your leg on and relax. You will be fine :)
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-12-2013, 11:40 PM
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To be honest, I think that your post gives me the impression that you are not ready for doing more than one jump at a time. Three in a row, (bounces?), with one or less stride between, is something that I think should come after your seat is a lot more secure with a lot more flatwork.

Fallinf off happens and is an accepted risk of jumping, for sure, but that doesn't mean that because you are falling , that you are going about this right.
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I had never jumped my mare until last year. I attempted a puddle... although, I meant her to walk THROUGH it.... but the horse in front of us JUMPED (so apparently the water was poison acid, so she JUMPED and landed in a trot! I bounced UP came down on the back of the seat, pulled myself forward, but landed off to the left of the saddle, and I just let go, lol... Iwas scared I'd scare HER by trying to climb back up there and end up falling under her.... I landed in mud... and believe it or not I got no mud on me. She stopped and looked back for me, lol.... Jumping still makes me nervous. That same train ride, she jumped a little ravine and I hit the front of it. I definitely need to learn how to sit a jump, but it is something I am not comfortable with, lol....

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okay i fall off ALL THE TIME. and you know what really helps me? a lot of bareback work. if you practice being balanced bareback its easy as pie in a saddle especially since from your post it seems like balance and leg strength is your issue
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I'm trying to understand why you pulled your horse up on the first jump. You said you were going to the jump but on the side poles? And then he wanted to go through the jump?

I'm a bit confused..

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-14-2013, 07:54 PM
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I think that maybe you should backtrack a bit. If you're not riding straight into jumps practice that. Set up some poles on the ground and practice trotting and cantering over them - always straight down the middle of them. Set up some on the quarter line, centre etc. Get used to holding your horse straight, and riding straight. Practice "driving" your horse forward, because sometimes when you're not really "riding" them to the jump, they can get a bit wobbly. When you do that well set up trot poles and then a jump and then more trot poles and focus on keeping straight.

Then do heaps of work in your two point. Not just a couple of strides, but laps at the trot, and laps at the canter. Go from trot to canter to trot in that position and get used to the horse's stride changing without collapsing your position. Practice riding on a loose rein in the two point too, so you don't start relying on your hands.
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