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        07-29-2007, 10:03 AM

    I jumped for the first time in my lesson yesterday. 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.
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        08-10-2007, 07:40 PM
    Put your weight in your heels and make sure to balance over your hips :]]

    If your horse runs out of the jump while you're leaning on your hands for balance you'll loose your balance :[ so don't hold onto the mane for balance ^^
        08-10-2007, 10:41 PM
    I would say when you are in the middle of air, before the landing, pull the reins back...I means a soft contact...when you are landing, give a firm contact...I have been there and done that with horse that will take off so FAST when landing...scary...front of 2 jumps to go!

    To hold the mane is to stay with your horse when taking off so you can stay with your horse when taking off, it's very useful for first time and beginner riders, of course, for the safety reasons or you will find you behind from your horse :) but never hold the mane to stay balanced when you are in the air and landing...you have to bring your upper body back when you are about to landing...it is the true jumping position...

    It sound like you will need more practice on 2 point postion or there are some mistakes that your instructor never said a word about it. I could not say any more...but I think it has to do something about your 2 point position...

    Hope you will improve in the future.
        08-21-2007, 07:25 PM
    I would hope that since you are taking lesson, you are on a good horse!!! I mean if you are taking lessons at a barn. Your trainer should realize you past fear (which is of course understandable) and put you on a horse that is going to build your confidence while you increas your physical strength. The master George Morris always suggests grabbing the main mid air for security and I agree. It all comes with time!! Just like everyone else has said work on your 2point whenever, walk, trot and canter. The canter is a good workout!!!
    Good Luck!
        04-08-2014, 04:49 PM
    I hold mane. Though you can't put your weight in your hands. You have to use your legs and seat then make sure your hands are stable by using your hands.
        04-10-2014, 01:11 PM
    There are a few exercises you can do to get better at jumping on a looser rein and having confidence. This is just what I would do

    1. Work on riding your horse with a loose rein. Start at a walk then work up to a trot. Say, for example, you get them in a nice easy collected trot and you loosen the reins. If he speeds up, half halt. If he slows, ask for more energy with your seat or legs. Once he learns not to break pace without being asked, jumping should go smoother.

    2. For your confidence: Remember to stay calm. I know, easier said then done. But just breathe deep and remember a calm rider = a calm horse. Also, to gain security in two point, once you have worked on riding with a looser rein you can go up into two point as you trot around. Doing this will help build your muscles for jumping and build confidence in two point for both you and your horse.

    Best of luck with those jumps!
        04-10-2014, 01:34 PM
    Green Broke
    I know this sounds hokey.. but what we did for beginners learning to jump is to put a stirrup leather around the horse's heck back where your hands are with the reins. Then the person would hold the reins and the neck strap.. with the reins a little loose.

    No one was allowed to jump without first learning to trot caveletti in a 2 point with no reins and to canter on the flat in a two point with no reins. Jumping was always started at the trot, with 4 cavaletti followed by a cross rail. Next was the same thing, add a second cross rail with a stride in between... so trot cavaletti, jump, stride, jump. None of the jumps were high and the neck strap prevented whacking Dobbin in the mouth.

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