03-17-2013, 10:42 PM
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Jumping was about the challenge for me. I cleared that fence, now I have to set up for the next and clear it too. Its a black and white sport with not a whole lot of gray in the middle. You either make the jump or you don't. And clearing the jump depends on timing, speed, forward, balance, correct leg position and aids. Technically every discipline needs those things, but its a lot clearer in jumping because if you lack one, the fence is going down.
The adrenaline is also a catcher. You and the horse are in the air a lot. All 4 feet are up off the ground and you basically fly. Staying in the saddle is a mix of position, timing and balance. Not only is the horse off the ground, but you are out of the saddle during the jump.
I stopped grabbing the saddle horn after my 3rd year of riding. Grabbing it feels unatural and it pitches me forward, something you really don't want in a situation where you feel you need to grab the horn.