Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
You don't have to rise trot in an english saddle but it will take some time to get used to the different beat.
In an english saddle you are much more vulnerable as there is nothing holding you in the saddle. Balance and a good seat are essential.
Its hard to give you any tips on jumping without writing a huge essay but I will say what I can :) if you are only starting out, you should be jumping very small jumps which, in reality, are very easy. Use the horses forward motion over the jump to bring you out of your seat. On the way back down, return to your seat. By the time you hit the ground, your bum should be back in the saddle. However, when doing small/starter jumps, this motion is much more subtle and in some cases depending in just how small the jump is, you don't really need much of your two point seat. Your instructor should run through all this and more with you before you start jumping anyways
Good luck and have fun :)
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