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post #1 of 6 Old 08-13-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Any Advice?

What am I saying? There's always some sort of advice floating around. I think I need to do a lot more two point work in the weeks to come to help my heels. But besides that I'm not really sure. And since I haven't had a lesson in a while I'm looking for some help. =]

I wasn't really trying to make sure she stayed collected since she had been so good the day before and we were just hanging out in the field after a quick ride.

Oh, and to add something, I'm totally aware that there's no jumping pictures here. But we're supposed to be jumping shortly and kind of want to know what I need to work on to start getting ready for that.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-13-2009, 09:04 PM
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Well to start off you upper body looks good, just get your hands a little more out in front of you. It looks like you need to bring your stirrups up a little bit, when your leg is just hanging down your stirrups should be at your ankle, and then really push down into your heel!
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-13-2009, 09:59 PM
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Your sturrips DEFINETELY could go up a few notches.. Maye 3 or 4.. o_O

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-14-2009, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm still messing with length in that saddle, obviously. :P
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-14-2009, 10:26 PM
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first of all very cute horse, what u can work on like u said is working on your heels down that keeps your balence on the horse. also for jumping u would want to have a shorter rainsfor better control of the horse and keeping your hands up so there is a straight line from bit to elbow. u also want to have a line from your butt to your heel so that you have better balence over the fence. working on that idea us it in 2 point. what also helps is to post with out touching the saddle. will make your legs stronger.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-16-2009, 10:00 AM
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Hi - I agree with the others. However I think there are some useful things that you can do, which don't need us to see your position (which incidentally would be good if you had shorteer stirrup lengths!)

Things to help you build up to jumping are:
- Cavelletti and pole work. Does your horse adjust his stride, is he careful over poles etc. It'll also help build up his balance and agility.
- Is you canter rhythmical and 'organised'. (i.e. is it at a steady tempo even when complting corners...)
- Can you maintain two point in walk/trot/canter, without using the neck for balance?
- Do you know the length of your horses stride (you can canter down one length of the school, then stride it out yourself so yu start to understand how much ground each stride covers...

There's some basic things to start with. You'll probably be doing them already if you're starting to jump soon. Best of luck and have fun!
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