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        03-08-2013, 11:36 AM
      #11
    Trained
    I hate falling. I always end up on my back or my head - no graceful dismounts for this chica.
         
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        03-08-2013, 04:19 PM
      #12
    Banned
    They say that only angels fly.

    I've flown a few times, it's the space between leaving the horse, and hitting the ground. It's reasonable to assume that I am an angel then huh!
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        03-08-2013, 06:34 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    The other 2 people riding with me (both def. At least 20 years older than me) both said that I was like a cat and laded on my feet :) The other one also said that it was like a gymnast thing :)
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        03-08-2013, 09:27 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Yay! Welcome to the club without getting hurt! Jumping tends to be the times that you fall off the most, haha. Try bareback jumping sometime, you just might fall a whole lot more! I fell off on my horse before jumping. I lost my left stirrup while riding over a jump. Or rather just before it. Jumped it rather well, stayed on...but that darn horse didn't go stright to the rail like he was suppose to. He dodged left and....well....PLOP. Bruised a joint in my finger, but that was the worst of it.

    As to your question about leads...try it on the flat, not jumping to learn how to feel them. It took me a really, really long time to "get it right" by just feeling it. What you can do is feel your hips: If you are on the correct lead, your hips move/swing with the horse and it is comfortable. But if you are on the wrong lead, your hips will swing out to the outside. It feels choppy-ier. Not bad where you think "omg what is this horse doing!" Just try practicing it. When you can feel it I'll give you one more tip I've found works -most- of the time, tho not all: for jumping, as you are going over the jump itself, and landing, put more weight in the stirrup that you want the lead on. For example, if you want your horse to land on the left lead, as you are going over the jump, put more weight/shift your weight to the left stirrup. That will help him find the right lead as he canters away. It's worked pretty well for me, esp on a horse that isn't so good with her leads!

    And most of all, have FUN! Jumping is as close as we can get to flying.
         
        03-08-2013, 09:33 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Horsequeen08    
    Yay! Welcome to the club without getting hurt! Jumping tends to be the times that you fall off the most, haha. Try bareback jumping sometime, you just might fall a whole lot more! I fell off on my horse before jumping. I lost my left stirrup while riding over a jump. Or rather just before it. Jumped it rather well, stayed on...but that darn horse didn't go stright to the rail like he was suppose to. He dodged left and....well....PLOP. Bruised a joint in my finger, but that was the worst of it.

    As to your question about leads...try it on the flat, not jumping to learn how to feel them. It took me a really, really long time to "get it right" by just feeling it. What you can do is feel your hips: If you are on the correct lead, your hips move/swing with the horse and it is comfortable. But if you are on the wrong lead, your hips will swing out to the outside. It feels choppy-ier. Not bad where you think "omg what is this horse doing!" Just try practicing it. When you can feel it I'll give you one more tip I've found works -most- of the time, tho not all: for jumping, as you are going over the jump itself, and landing, put more weight in the stirrup that you want the lead on. For example, if you want your horse to land on the left lead, as you are going over the jump, put more weight/shift your weight to the left stirrup. That will help him find the right lead as he canters away. It's worked pretty well for me, esp on a horse that isn't so good with her leads!

    And most of all, have FUN! Jumping is as close as we can get to flying.
    Ya, I was going to ask my instructor if I can canter around the ring to feel what the lead feels like :) Thanks!
         
        03-08-2013, 10:01 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I keep watching the video...over, and over, and over, and over :)
         
        03-08-2013, 10:36 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Got the video! I don't like how the quality came out; its not that great. Not sure if you can see at the end, but I landed on my feet....then fell :)
    First Fall (LikeaTB) - YouTube
         
        03-10-2013, 01:30 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by palogal    
    Well...you're a rider now. Welcome to the club.
    I always heard:
    "Seven falls makes a horseman."
         
        03-10-2013, 02:28 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Congratulations! I love hearing about people's falls so long as they're not hurt. I'm glad you're okay, it's good to get falls over with. I always get paranoid when it's been too long haha
         

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