Heres a good picture of a girl im training who is fairly new to jumping. Is her form perfect? No, but she has the basics down and we will finesse from there. Aim for something similar to this. Her seat is back, head up, she's not ducking down on her horse over this itty bitty fence, her leg is under her (although it is a little farther back than should be) and she's giving a release but I would prefer to see more of a release simply because the horse she is riding is green, but its a good release for this size of fence.
Okay, yeah I can see what you guys are talking about :) I'll see if I can get out to the barn before the show...Maybe today? I don't know. I know that I'm going on Friday to get ready for it so maybe I can do a little more jumping then and then groom her and shine her up after that. I'll see if I can get my mom to take more pictures then. Oh yeah, I also have pictures of before and after the jump too (yes, my mom's camera is SUPER fast). I can see what you mean, as after when she's going down (like the end of the jump) I'm still in two point and I was watching in some jumping videos of other people and they went right back up right away. So I'll see if I can try that too.
Also, I was looking at previous pictures of me jumping, and I was never that far out onto her... Maybe I'm about to catch a bad habit. I had flipped over Cheyenne's shoulder and flew into a metal fence at a gymkhana, two days before those shots that I had posted were taken so my back had been a little bit wonkey. I'll try not to get a bad habit from that.
Do you guys think I should try to get Cheyenne's head kinda up higher before the jump? I have been working on getting collection with her lately and she likes to keep her head low (which is nice for western pleasure) when she's collected. In the hunter classes, should I keep her head higher? I see when people are jumping courses and stuff the horse's heads are always up high and their reins are shorter and stuff like that sometimes. I don't know, just tell me what you think lol
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 :)
LOVE that reminder --- I will use it this weekend. I have a Arg. Jump course myself this weekend, I posted about the differences in Table Rules - no response but we're also doing a hunter class .. thanks for the tips.
and the one posted of the student --- excellent form for sure, will study that more and I love your use of materials for the jump --- going to add one similar to my x-c course at home ..
In jumpers the horse tends to be more uphill and have a higher head set, but over small fences its no necessary. As long as she's looking ahead and not with her nose at the ground youll be fine lol. Since your going to be trotting the fence your horse isnt going to have its head up as high as if she was cantering the fence. Set trot poles out, go into your two point over the poles and keep that form, feel the pressure in your thighs and how that stabalizes your body and keeps your seat back. Then add a small fence at the end or in the middle of those trot poles and ride it the exact same way. This is something you can practice every day you ride. I don't believe in jumping my horse every day, but you can lay out trot poles and jump more frequently until you ahve good form and your horse is trained more over fences.
Thank you ottrider-ill check out your thread and see what it says and if I have any advice :) ps-you can make a jump out of almost anything lol. Trees, barrels, a blue sled as a water jump, a colorful towel nailed to a rail as a bright plank, lattice (sp?) fencing as a gate, hay bales, tarps, tires, ladders on their sides, trash cans, twigs in bundles under fences as fillers, and the list goes on lol. Im a pro at making odd jumps from things laying around the barn LOL
ps-you can make a jump out of almost anything lol. Trees, barrels, a blue sled as a water jump, a colorful towel nailed to a rail as a bright plank, lattice (sp?) fencing as a gate, hay bales, tarps, tires, ladders on their sides, trash cans, twigs in bundles under fences as fillers, and the list goes on lol. Im a pro at making odd jumps from things laying around the barn LOL
oh yes we're getting an assortment of items together for jumps! The tree guys cut down some huge redwoods and I was begging to put them in my truck, they thought I was crazy but my fav to ride has 5 large ones together so you only have ONE bounce b/t each one. Your horse quickly learns how to do that!
plastic barrels are my fav, I buy inexpensive 8' tree stakes & plastic tubing to slide them through. Oh and any bad hay bales get dragged out back too!
Sorry for the late post, but I didn't end up jumping. :( I did all the flat classes, but not the hunter/jumping one. Apparently in previous years the jumps only went up to about a foot high in crossrails. This year they put it up to 2'2" in verticles even for the younger kids (yes I'm considered a 'younger kid'). I've never jumped that high. Or well, Cheyenne's owner says that I have in crossrails, but I don't think so. So I got disqualified with a couple other kids in my age group for not jumping because we weren't comfortable with it. But most people at the show didn't think it was fair. I mean, put it up higher than it's supposed to be and saying that it's crossrails (it said on the class list) and then disqualifying anyone who can't do it and then getting angry with them isn't exactly fair. Not to us anyways. But whatever, I'll know for next year.
It doesn't matter that they got angry with the people that didnt do it, you did what you felt was right, and i'm betting you had a decent day because it wasn't ruined by a bad jumping round :). Good on you for going out and doing the day, how did it go?
That's like a judge at the last show bubbles and I did together, was ripping my head off about her having a runny nose, she never let me tell her that I HAD gotten a vet out to her and he had said she's NOT contagious. So just to make sure I got out a vet a week later that had no contact with the previous vet, and he said nope, not contagious, not a cold, not bothering her. Just unsightly... So stick that miss judge lady. (Turned out it was a "foreign object" in her nose that her body was tyring to get rid of)
Oh yeah, it was pretty good :) It wasnt my best day, but whatever. It was funny in the western, Cheyenne is a gymkhana horse too so she especially thought that we were doing a gymkhana that day so my reins were totally short and I couldnt get her collected and my lope was a gallop and everything lol it was kinda funny. And then we had a dredfull last class, I didnt even stick around to find out what I placed because I know I came in last. It was a western riding class where they have this course and it looked kinda like pole bending so she decided to do her trusty gallop (the one that made me fly into a big metal fence once lol) lol
Oh that sucks. They really should be more understanding sometimes. Once I had a judge that litterally picked favourites. Not even kidding, the WHOLE show one person was winning, one person was getting second ALL THE TIME!! In every age group that was happening. Me and this other girl (a first timer) were rotating between last and fourth. We were the only ones who actually got more than 1 place ribbons lol Cheyennes owner got mad at the judge for doing that and her horse and the other horses in her agegroup didnt know how to go one handed in western so she and another girl decided to get everyone in her age group to go with two hands just to make the judge mad lol lets just say that it worked :p The judge didnt say anything about it but you could just tell lol