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post #1 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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My jumping "lesson"

EventinginMI and I have been playing around with teaching my horse Majic to jump. I'd say we are doing pretty good for a dressage horse and a dressage a dressage saddle. I would like to give a BN event a try sometime this year...

Any constructive critiquing of me would be appreciated, I notice that my lower leg tends to swing back a lot.

And then EventinginMI got on him to help him figure out the grid. I went over the oxer at the end there a couple of times, which is the highest I have ever jumped him, super excited that I stayed on and he went over it!

And the bloopers! Majic was a real trooper about the whole thing, he got lots of pats and handfuls of grass!

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 10:19 AM
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Looks like fun! Idk if Daina wants constructive criticism, but I noticed her toes pointed out and she was leaning on Majic's neck a little too much. I didn't notice anything obvious when you rode.

Are you going to show him in H/J? I bet he'd do well
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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I have had a couple people tell me that I should show him hunters. :p I am at a mostly dressage barn, so my opportunities to go to anything other than dressage shows are few and far between, but it would be fun!

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Lol my horses are at my house so it's going to be really tough to find any dressage shows to go to once my mare's ready for it!
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 04:18 PM
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Equiniphile, thanks for the pointers, but I'd just like to explain... My reins were bridged because he was trying to yank his head down, so my elbows weren't bent, and my hands were on his neck... I wasn't leaning. =]
As for the toes, yeah, sometimes they still bug me, but when I'm on my own horse, it isn't an issue. I haven't ridden this horse much at all, and jumping in a dressage saddle is a totally new concept to me. xD

I really didn't like that I couldn't bend over the fences without whacking my butt on the back of the saddle!
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Looks like you had fun Sarah.

My suggestion, if you want to get into Jumping or Eventing, is to find a Coach who is not only very experienced in the sport, but also rides it, trains it and is up to their necks in it. Someone who is at Prelim or higher *someone who has ridden that level, or is currently riding at that level*

Obviously, you'll need proper tack, but you know that :) It is hard to give you constructive critisism when you are in tack that does not encourage nor incorporate proper jumping form. For example, you're in a dressage position instead of in a functional 3 point seat and yadda yadda yadda. So it isn't fair to say what you aren't doing, when your tack isn't aiding you to do what you should of been doing.

Being that both you and your horse are beginners to this, you should be doing alot of flat work in jumping position, learning how to solidify your lower leg, activate your core and just remain with Majic, and then incorporating that over trot poles and xrails.

Learning how to keep your legs under you, wrapped around his girth, learning a functional 3 point, how to stay over his center of gravity, how to use your core every step you and your horse take, how to release and so on and so on.

I would be encouraging you to do GAG before BN.

Looks like you had a great time, and you did a great job for your first time! Congrats for your accomplishments!

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, since my main goal is dressage I really can't justify buying another saddle just to ride in a couple times a month. I have been checking out a some of the older style crosbys that are going for about 100-150 on ebay, but I don't think they are really what I am going to need, I have been meaning to make a post asking what others think of them. Do you have any thoughts? I'm talking about the ones that have like zero knee roll and the plain flap.
I also don't know if I want to seek out an actually jumping trainer yet either, EventinginMI has been doing a really good job at helping me out so until I decide how serious I am I think I will just stick with her :p

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