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post #1 of 5 Old 11-04-2010, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Auto Release help...

I'm pretty bored in lessons right now so I've been trying to work on an auto release...
(The lessons are groups for college's club so I have a couple of not-so-hot riders in my group, which means we can't do much. Hence, I'm bored.)

Anyone have any suggestions for how to release less? I am releasing too much. I would be dumped head-first onto the next jump if I grabbed the particular pony's mouth I first tried this on, which is not fun at all , so its kinda just carried over and over.
I'm thinking I need to stop worrying and fussing and just feel and remember that small jump=small release... but specifics would be appreciated also as I am basically teaching myself from what I read and watch from clinics/top riders showing.

My first attempt ever: Horse Videos :: Jumping Lesson 10/20 #1 video by kittycat1692 - Photobucket
And second, please no comments on the run-out I know what happened:
I did not have any say i who I was to ride and I know this pony is WAY too small. I know I hunched the top of my back over, this happens only when I'm riding tiny horses/ponies.

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-05-2010, 11:15 AM
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Ok, from looking at your videos it's not that you are releasing too much it's are not realeasing correctly. You are throwing your hands to the side of the pony's neck, instead you should be following your pony's mouth up his neck. I think what you need to do it grab mane over the jumps to train yourself not to drop your hands to the side.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-05-2010, 11:31 AM
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ErikaLynn, she is trying to do an automatic release, where the rider doesn't grab mane and instead follows the horse's mouth and maintains the contact.

Take a look at this video and you will see what the OP is trying to do:

OP: I'm not an expert on this, but one way we were taught at my old barn- when you come to the jump, don't release. Just allow your arms to be soft and follow the motion. If you don't push your hands forward, but allow them to be pulled forward following the motion, you won't have such a dramatic release.

Hopefully someone else will come in with better advice :)

I don't think that horse looks too small either. You must just be used to bigger horses!
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-05-2010, 11:42 AM
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I understand what she is trying to do, but she isn't doing it correctly..she isn't following her horses mouth. She's just throwing her hands to the side. I suggest grabbing mane so she doesn't release so much and doesnt throw her hands down.

Sorry if I wasn't clear, but that video explains it well.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-06-2010, 11:18 PM
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I really liked that video you jtvintage <3
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