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post #21 of 56 Old 07-01-2011, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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oh yeah I forgot to say that theres going to be another jumping show (this ones only jumping) in August. The lowest jumps are going to be 2 foot 2 in the pony division. Should I enter Cheyennes only 14hh so she is tecnically a pony. I think we could do it. I just need lots of practice, and I have all the way till August. What do you think.

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post #22 of 56 Old 07-01-2011, 02:45 PM
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I think it's a great goal to aim at, we all need something that is a little stretching to push us on. You have plenty of time to practice, so just start raising the jumps little by little and you will be reay to get out there and do it.
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thanks :) oh yeah, in cross bars, is it measured like two feet from the lowest point or is it from where the bars are placed?

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today I'll probably go to the barn and do some jumping. I'll work on my 2-point. Just getting my hands more off her neck and not going out of the saddle. I'll try trotting around in two point (ugh I hate doing it lol) for 2 laps both ways and then I'll canter around a bit then I'll go up to the jump. I'll keep them small to start (like the ones in the pictures that I posted) and then I'll start bringing them up higher. I won't be getting pics today, but maybe some other time I can get my mom to come out and take some more.

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That was taken last week. I got a jumping lesson on Saturday and Cheyenne's owner set up a little jumping course for me to go around. Cheyenne LOVES to rush the jumps so I'm going to try to work on that with her. If she tries to gallop towards it I'll swerve around it and circle it until she calms down. Then sometimes if I can, I'll half halt her infront of a jump maybe. Does that sound okay?

In the picture I am a little bit out of the saddle again, and I'm leaning forward quite a bit, but I didn't change my position too much when I went towards the jump. I did lean forward a bit more, but it wasn't like the last pics that I posted. I also made sure that my reins weren't flopping around like crazy. They are still a little bit loose, but it wasn't terrible I don't think. Sometimes I was nice and back in the saddle and sometimes I was like that. I think this picture was one of the most common positions that I had. Sometimes I'd have a perfect position where I was back in the saddle, my hands weren't on her neck, I wasn't too far down, etc. But uh...yeah, what do yo think?

Oh yeah! Yes, my stirrups are long in this picture. I'm used to western where the stirrups aren't up too high. When I did the jumping lesson I raised them a knotch or two.

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from that picture above I really like your lower leg, but push your but back over the saddle. Your hands are at a good release, if you need to when you go up to the fence put her hands where they are and then keep your arms straight and push back, keep your leg where it is, but push against her neck that way your butt will sink back. Try that a few times, with a trainer to help coach you through, and youll get a feel for where you should be and can go from there. That's my suggestion since your leg is pretty good, ride the jump just like you did here, but just straight your arms up to push the butt back. Should be simple :) and the jumps for x's are measure by how high they are in the middle, not my what hole the ends are at. Are you sure the jumps are going to be 2' crossrails? Usually theyre verticals with just single poles for the lower divisions, not typically having gates, boxes, rolltops etc etc but I've never seen crossrails before in that height class. You might want to check, and if its verticals id start practicing those.

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Much improved!! Nice lower leg and more balanced position. You are still further forward, over your saddle pommel, than I would like. Relax that knee and bend your leg. This will allow your seat to move back over your saddle.

Definite improvement, good job.
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Cheyenne LOVES to rush the jumps so I'm going to try to work on that with her. If she tries to gallop towards it I'll swerve around it and circle it until she calms down. Then sometimes if I can, I'll half halt her infront of a jump maybe. Does that sound okay?
Overall it is a much nicer pic, I agree with the advice to get your butt down into the saddle, but great job so far

As to the part above, I'm not sure I like the idea of swerving around the jump if she gallops toward it, it sounds from that description like you set her up then pull her away, personally I would be worried about establishing a habit of swerving away, which of course you don't want. The half halt though is a great idea.

My advice, school her on the flat if you can around a jump course, but not jumping, if that makes sense. Walk, trot, and then canter work, around jumps, next to jumps, but never over them, until she is listening to you and calm. Once she is calm with the flat work you can then start by jumping one jump, then back to flat, with the little cross rails that you are popping at the moment she doesn't need a big run up, so you can set her up to trot or canter a circle next to a jump, then when you are ready widen and take in the jump, then back to circling next to the jump.

Once you can do one jump, then you do two, then three etc, always going back to the flat work if she gets strong and fast on you. You can't fix it in one day, it can take a little while, but you can do it
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from that picture above I really like your lower leg, but push your but back over the saddle. Your hands are at a good release, if you need to when you go up to the fence put her hands where they are and then keep your arms straight and push back, keep your leg where it is, but push against her neck that way your butt will sink back. Try that a few times, with a trainer to help coach you through, and youll get a feel for where you should be and can go from there. That's my suggestion since your leg is pretty good, ride the jump just like you did here, but just straight your arms up to push the butt back. Should be simple :) and the jumps for x's are measure by how high they are in the middle, not my what hole the ends are at. Are you sure the jumps are going to be 2' crossrails? Usually theyre verticals with just single poles for the lower divisions, not typically having gates, boxes, rolltops etc etc but I've never seen crossrails before in that height class. You might want to check, and if its verticals id start practicing those.
thanks :) Yeah there will be a cross bar class for first year jumpers (I'm not sure if that applies to me. I learned how to jump tiny tiny jumps a few years ago but I only got serious about it and actually started raising the jumps higher a few months ago.). I'm not sure how high they will be but it will be there. Then there's going to be 2' verticles. There will be a 2' Pony class and I will be able to go into that one if I want because Cheyenne's only 14hh. There is also 2' Jumper. I probably won't do that one though.
There were verticles in the course that I went over. They weren't high, but my instructor wanted to work on getting Cheyenne to calm down and I think that was a good plan. But anyways, I'll probably put that one in the picture up as a verticle once Cheyenne slows down for me :)

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Much improved!! Nice lower leg and more balanced position. You are still further forward, over your saddle pommel, than I would like. Relax that knee and bend your leg. This will allow your seat to move back over your saddle.

Definite improvement, good job.
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Overall it is a much nicer pic, I agree with the advice to get your butt down into the saddle, but great job so far

As to the part above, I'm not sure I like the idea of swerving around the jump if she gallops toward it, it sounds from that description like you set her up then pull her away, personally I would be worried about establishing a habit of swerving away, which of course you don't want. The half halt though is a great idea.

My advice, school her on the flat if you can around a jump course, but not jumping, if that makes sense. Walk, trot, and then canter work, around jumps, next to jumps, but never over them, until she is listening to you and calm. Once she is calm with the flat work you can then start by jumping one jump, then back to flat, with the little cross rails that you are popping at the moment she doesn't need a big run up, so you can set her up to trot or canter a circle next to a jump, then when you are ready widen and take in the jump, then back to circling next to the jump.

Once you can do one jump, then you do two, then three etc, always going back to the flat work if she gets strong and fast on you. You can't fix it in one day, it can take a little while, but you can do it
okay I'll try that :) I'm going to try to convince my mom to take me out there tomorrow and I can maybe get some more work done with her. Maybe I'll lunge her before I ride too just to get us on the same page for one (I like to lunge her to make sure that she's listening to me. I look in her eyes and make sure that she does what I ask.) and for two to work off some of her energy. I haven't ridden since Saturday so she will have energy I know that. Maybe I can get my mom to take more pictures when we get out there. We'll see :)

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