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post #1 of 4 Old 04-02-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Um...I sorta taught myself to jump.

Well, I've done some 10cm jumps with Luca before, that he trotted over rather than jumped. But yesterday, my sister had lined up some buckets to in-hand train her new gelding Syd, so I decided to do some jumping over these things. Luca was fantastic, enthusiastic and totally safe for such a green horse. I somehow feel like I'm doing the wrong thing though, teaching myself AND my horse how to jump, since he wasn't broken in when I got him. Excuse my riding attire, my jods are in the wash and I've outgrown my riding boots, so I'm looking for a new pair. But anyway, here are some pics. They are blurry, I know, but they sort of show my position anyway. I see some big mistakes there, and I'm not really posting this for critique (although you are welcome to do that ) I just wanted to say how proud I am of Luca.

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...ps22b98ce3.jpg
^in this picture: I need my heels DOWN!
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...pse03c3369.jpg
^same here!!
http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psc1b1e4ae.jpg
^my horrible hands!!!

So my goals for jumping are: keeping my hands steady and keeping my heels low.

I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong topic....
I'll be working with a trainer soon, so don't worry about me JUST randomly teaching myself how to jump


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post #2 of 4 Old 04-02-2013, 04:06 PM
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I'm no jumping expert, but I think I can shed a little light on your positioning.

I think you may want to see a trainer. But like you said you'll be getting one soon. However, to me, it doesn't look like your giving your horse a good release. In the 3rd picture it also looks like your legs are way far back and up.

I would say you would need (just based off the 1st pic) heels down, shoulders back, head a little more up, elbows in, arms a little more forward, etc.

That's just what I saw but I wouldn't take it for granted. I'd like to see what others say. Also please correct me if I'm wrong.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-02-2013, 04:07 PM
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This is SO LOW. I wouldn't worry much. Still, you might want to lunge him and teach him to accept the obstacle, cross over in a straight line, and set up cross rails to show him the center of the jump. It's much easier on the horse to figure out without the rider.
BTW, all horses can jump a small obstacle. Scopey horses have the aptitude to collect, get their back legs under them before they pop over, and it's smooth when you jump. Those that don't jump flat.

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Please get a trainer.. Although it's small it's still dangerous and your equitation is not strong enough to be jumping yet.

Also the buckets as jumps are very dangerous, what if your horse tripped and got caught in the bucket or its handle?
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