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post #1 of 9 Old 04-20-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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...just isn't for me. i tried jumping a little bit with whiskey the other day and i can honestly say im terrible at it lol.
i've never been to a riding school i'm a self taught rider so there's probably mega flaws with how i ride. anyways i got some pictures (pretty bad quality) and was hoping someone can give me tips so i could maby improve.
when ever we come up to the jump whiskey pulls and trys to go faster. now i could only guess she's either excited about going over it or shes just trying to get it over with faster
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i think i might just stick to my happy hacking and leave the shows for you guys haha
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-20-2010, 02:55 PM
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Jumping is practice, practice, practice!!!

I think it would really help if you lowered your jumps. The top pic looks like it's about 2'. Make a little crossrail just a little off the ground and trot your horse over this, practicing your two point. Stretch down into your heels, center your weight over the middle of your saddle, and close your hip angle slightly as he goes over. Stick your chest out, and keep your head up. Grab a little mane if you feel unsteady.
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Jumping is a really hard skill to learn if you don't have a pair of eyes on the ground. There's just so many things that have to happen at once. If you still want to do it, maybe bring it down to cross rails until you feel more secure with your position.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-21-2010, 10:39 AM
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She looks like she make a wonderful little hunter. Maybe if she likes to go faster. Going over trot poles and stick to grids and cavelettis will help you with stuff.
working on your two-point and stuff will help as well :)

For being a self taught rider you like fine but just neeed to go to basics :)

Anyways good luck with what you decide.
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thanks for the advice guys :) i think i might just stick to practicing jumping when we have no shoes to go out hacking :)
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-21-2010, 02:26 PM
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Hi there,

Honestly, you have nice form - especially for someone self-taught!!

If your mare is also new to jumping I would keep everything low low low - cross rails (making an x out of two poles) makes for an inviting jump and teaches her to keep her front legs tucked evenly over the jump. The jump with 3 tires is definitely high enough - as it isn't about the height that makes horse or rider better, but practice and consistency!

A few things you could work on? Keep the jumps nice and low, and just trot in for your approach. It's okay to let her canter away - horses often do no matter how big/small the jump is. What you want to focus on is a very straight approach and exit. Pick a line and keep your eyes up and focused on staying straight. The bottom picture there where you're trotting in. If she's fighting with you, you could circle her at that point and keep circling in both directions until she's quiet again and then approach the jump - you want to avoid 'fighting' over speed both before and after. Also that bottom picture is a good distance where you take your eyes away from the jump and look up to keep your eyes on your exit away. In the other two pictures you're looking down a wee bit and when your eyes go down, so will hers - so always look up. Spot your jump 3, 4, 5 strides out and then look up toward your exit. You have a nice release in that you are not catching your mare in the mouth at all over the jump in either picture! Practice bringing your elbows forward as you jump - that will allow your hand to move forward either up her crest or alongside her neck, and once your elbow is moving forward when you jump you can shorten your reins a bit so you keep an even, steady contact before, over and after the jump. Last thing I can think of is that when you have the lead poles to either side of the fence, you want to always only jump through them, you don't want to jump backwards as in the top picture.

Hope that gives you some helpful advice! :) Lookin good!

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post #7 of 9 Old 04-21-2010, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the awesome advice i think im deffinately going to set up cross rails next time. is it ok if she trots over it instead of jumps?
and what about trotting poles leading up to a little cross rail jump? is that a good idea or maby leave that for a little bit longer. i'll keep the tires set at 3 so as im not being to ambitious :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-21-2010, 06:38 PM
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Anytime! :) And definitely it's okay if she just trots over it rather than jumps it. If she's new to jumping then that's a great sign that she's feeling comfortable crossing over the object! Just focus on keeping straight and on a balanced forward flowing trot. Once you both feel confident trotting it you can try from a canter. To learn to canter fences start with just a pole on the ground and practise counting down strides to the pole to get your 'eye' ie when u think your 3 away count 3-2-1.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-22-2010, 12:38 AM
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^^^ That is some great advise. That's what I was taught. I agree wholeheartedly with it.

P.s.Your horse is really cute :)

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