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post #1 of 7 Old 07-03-2013, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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Heels DOWN over jumps? Not 'supermaning'

Hi guys!

I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on exercises I could practice on how to keep my leg on the girth when I'm jumping?
I always find that my leg slips back!

Here's a photo to show you what I mean -

This is the worst photo of my lower leg that I can find, they're not all like this.

I feel like I go into the jumps with my heels dragging on the ground, but the second I go over them, I lose control of my heel - Which leads to me losing control of my lower leg!

Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-03-2013, 07:30 AM
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For starters, shorten your stirrups. Then make sure you aren't pinching with your knees or thighs. Your heels should be down, but it should be because your WEIGHT is in them. You are jumping ahead because your weight is ahead.

Try this: Stand on a flat surface with your legs shoulder width or more apart as if you were on a horse. Then go into two point. Did you roll onto the balls of your feet? Probably. Now do the same, but imagine a heavy, wet sand blob rolling down your back, over your bum, down the back of your thighs and calves into your heels. Feel your weight drop down into your heels? Stand up. Now go back to your two point, this time with your weight in your heels. Feel that--how you didn't roll onto the balls of your feet, but instead into your heels even more? Good. Now get on your horse and reproduce that at the halt, walk, trot, and canter. Then do it over ground poles. Now do it over a jump. Ta da! Problem solved.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-03-2013, 07:47 AM
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It might be my teeny iphone screen warping the picture but it looks like you're leaning forward. You want to fold at the waist and let the horse kind of jump up to you. You don't want to jump as he jumps.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-04-2013, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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Gotcha guys, Thank you! I've actually had a reeally good jumping lesson today, we shortened my stirrups two holes and began jumping over 1mtr with no reins, It improved my position oh so much! Will try and get photos in the next few days of the same exercise. I felt like I was waiting for the jump to come to me, and my lower leg felt fixed, and my heels felt like anchors!

Thank you :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-05-2013, 06:37 AM
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Practice, practice, practice!

You don't need heights, but grids, distances and laps in your two point position. Transitions in two point position. Practice two point without stirrups.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-05-2013, 09:12 AM
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With your stirrups in the right position it should change everything for you. You want to secure yourself over jumps with your legs. And for that to happen you need to keep them under you. You have a decent foundation in your form. With time and practice you'll be just fine.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-05-2013, 12:29 PM
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You don't need such a huge release over that type of cross rail. Try sitting up more.
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