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    07-28-2007, 07:03 PM
I don't have pics but I'll tell you what I know I'm doing

I jumped for the first time in my lesson today. Well not my first. The first time, a couple years ago, my horse ran away with me before she jumped. Scary. So at this new barn I jumped just fine except for one thing. When I was in 2-point I was holding onto the mane to keep my balance. But I was worried that my horse would run away with me so I shortened up the reins which I know is a big no-no. How can I be confident enough to trust my horse so I don't jab him in the mouth? I feel terrible about it now but fear took over when I was riding. I don't want that to happen next time.

I also have a problem with my lower leg going forward when riding. It just feels more natural to have it forward. My instructor said I needed to bring it back a bit. When I did it felt awkward and I had to put a lot of physical and mental effort into it. I'm hoping with practice it'll become more natural.
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    08-01-2007, 05:50 PM
Your hands may benefit from having a monkey/jump strap (what I call it) this can be a spare stirrup leather that you just do up around the neck of the horse and should sit toward the wither and when your in two point you grab hold of that with your reins so you maintain your contact without swinging off his mouth.
Keep practising your legs but be careful not to go back to far as to loose your point of ballance and tip your foot through the stirrup, trust your trainer for sound advice.

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