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    06-20-2011, 10:58 PM
Green Broke
Any quick tips? 'Got a jumping show coming up.

I'm going to a jumping show on Saturday and I'm SO exited! Cheyenne is a really good jumper and I love to do it, it's so much fun! It's not totally a jumping show, there's only 2 classes of jumping in it, the rest are flat classes. But anyways, it's hunter, and I was just looking for some quick tips. I've been jumping low fences for a while. I have been working on trotting to them instead of cantering lately because Cheyenne likes to rush them. So anyways, I'll get some pictures up soon, but any tips on Hunter? The jumps won't be big, maybe a foot or less which I've jumped before. I've been practicing that stuff. It's only two sets of jumps. I've never jumped in show before though, I've only jumped at the barn where I ride. I see when people are jumping they trot up to it and then canter a few strides before the jump. How many strides do I canter for?
Anyways, just give me some general tips and then I'll tell you guys how it went on Saturday :)
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    06-20-2011, 11:12 PM
I have no idea about actual hunters tips... All I have to say is remember to breathe -I seem to forget that one.

And if your plaiting, I think putting stocking overs plaits for the night is a better way to keep them as opposed to fleece hoods (I don't like lycra ones they tend to slip and blind the horses)
    06-21-2011, 12:58 AM
Green Broke
Thanks! Haha I forget to do that sometimes too at my other shows and gymkhanas :p
    06-21-2011, 10:41 AM
In the hunter shows you should canter all the jumps as apposed to trotting to them. But it all depends how you feel on show day. If she feels more "up", usually horses do at shows, I would trot the first fence...just so you're more safe.

But usually hunters are all about keeping a nice even pace through out the whole course. Since it's only 2 jumps, that should be simple to do.

Just watch what the people before you do.

Whatever you do, have fun...and try to be relaxed. Good luck!
    06-22-2011, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
Thank you! Got some pics today of me jumping so hopefully I'll get them up and you can critique me before the show. I hope I can get them onto my laptop though. Our computer isn't working.
    06-22-2011, 09:12 AM
Good luck in the show! Never done hunters myself but agreed with HollyBubbles, breathe & you'll be fine!
    06-22-2011, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
Okay so here are two pictures of me jumping Cheyenne. I know my reins are too long in both of the pics but I'll fix that :)

    06-23-2011, 07:26 AM
As I said in my last post, I don't do hunters, but I think your butt may be a wee bit too far out of the saddle, and seeing as they are only small jumps in the photos I don't think you need to lean down into your horse as much (Don't take my word for that I'm sure there's better experts out there)

I've been told by a trainer who does hunters, that when you jump your supposed to only go out of the saddle a little bit, let the horse come up to you.

-You also might find if your closer to the saddle(not as up and forwards), your legs might stay closer to the girth. From reading jumping critiques by an expert in magazines I get, he has written in there many times that your crotch should always stay behind the pommel, like the first photo (I think anyway, it's a bit of a hard angle to judge from)

-However, I do like where your hands are, and the fact that your looking ahead... Your approach to the next jump should start mid-air in the last jump so I've been told, if that makes sense. (I ALWAYS screw that up in my rounds)

So I think all that needs practice is staying with your butt closer to the saddle, but as I said, don't take my word for it unless someone else seconds that, because I'm by no means perfect (far from it actually ) and I'm still learning how to critique riding positions. :)
Good luck, not too far away!! It's 10:30PM Thursday here :)
    06-23-2011, 08:21 AM
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Good post Holly

A position critique;

You are jumping way ahead of your horse. Your legs are too straight and you are propping the whole weight of your upper body onto your hands. This makes your crest release no release at all. That said, due to your not being able to offer any release, I am very glad for those loose reins. Good job, there. Be careful with the loose reins though. You will be unable to avoid a refusal/runout this way.

Relax that leg! I would suggest doing two point at trot with your arms out like an airplane. Do you have access to a round pen, so your horse won't go all over? Do you have someone who can lunge you? Doing this will help you find your balance and teach you to keep your lower leg in the correct place, on the girth. It will also wean you of the habit of propping yourself up with your crest release.

While doing the above exercise, learn how to raise your seat off the saddle IN jumping position and then, while still forward, lower the seat so that your butt can touch the back of the saddle. Up and down...up and down. All without hands. This will teach you to bend your legs and still maintain your balance.

Try this as you still have time to get comfortable with this before the show. This will help a LOT!

Good luck at the show!! You better post photos or we will hunt you down......
    06-23-2011, 12:32 PM
I agree with Allison, your position is fairly dangerous along with with the fact that in a hunter show your going to get a lot of critiques on it! If your horse were to trip, hit a rail, bobble in any sort of way you are so far forward leaning on her that your likely to fall forward and topple to the ground! Heals down, seat back, back flat, and shoulders back. My old trainer used to tell students to stick your boobs and your butt out over the fence. Flash and moon as shed say lol. In order to push your butt out to "moon" you have to have your heal down, calf and thigh on, be back in the saddle and flatten your back. In order to "flash" your boobs you need to bring your shoulders back with your head up and back flat. Think of that before every fence :) Also, with a fence this size, you shouldnt be that close to your horses neck. A great exercise is to approach the fence in two point, keep that position solid do NOT move from your two point position, at all, when the horse jumps theyll close that angle for you, you don't lean down to close it. The higher the fence the less room youll have between you in the horse when the horse raises up into you. Its a common misconception that the rider closes that angle, you stay in a solid position and the horses closes it.

Ok Tips for the show-Hunters is about be consistent in your pace, invisible aids, and pretty effortless riding. That being said, be very proper in your riding. Think of a fancy tea party lol, sit up tall, head up and make things look flawless and easy. No big movements from hands or legs, don't swat that fly that lands on your nose, don't scratch your arm, none of that. As far as jumps go, maintain the same speed and same striding between each fence. If you trot down the first line youd better trot down the second line. If you trot to the first fence and canter the second one in the line then come back to a trot after the second fence and trot into the first fence in the second line and canter to the last one. Do each line the same. You said you planned on trotting, try to trot the whole way, but if you horse does canter through the line even though you trotted in plan on doing that for the next line as well, then itll look like you did it on purpose. Even in the show you can approach in your two point a few strides before the fence in order to help you think about keeping your butt back, heals down, shoulders back, head up etc etc. A small show most likely wont judge you off for going into two point 3 strides before the fence, but stay in it through the whole line. Itll make you have better form OVER the fence which is going to be judged more heavily. Take the info in this thread so far, ride tonight and have someone either take a video or pics and post again for us. We can monitor and help along with your progress up until the day of the show!

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