Equitation Advice Please.

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    02-18-2011, 06:24 AM
Green Broke
Equitation Advice Please.


So; I'd love for tips with Jumping Equitation. ANYTHING. I have two qualifier events fast approaching for State Championships and any advice I could get to help improve my horse and I's proformance would be amazing.

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    02-18-2011, 11:50 AM
Here are some exercising you can do while warming up, I just started doing them everyday !

Posting at the walk is great. The horse doesnt have much thrust in its stride, this means your leg has to be right under you for you to be able to get up out of the saddle. Really helps with leg strength and tightness.

Also posting at the canter is great for you leg [and your abs]

And as always, practising 2pt at the trot and posting with out stirrups !

Good luck with your new lease btw =]
    02-18-2011, 12:01 PM
Are you doing hunt seat eq OF? I've never heard of a state level jumpers eq (but have heard of eq OF).

What are your weaknesses and strengths? What areas do you feel you need to work on? Let us know and we can work from there :)
    02-18-2011, 09:24 PM
Pictures would help :)
    02-18-2011, 11:09 PM
I put my feet in my stirrup leathers and post like that at a trot, because it really teaches you how to stay in your saddle. Also, 2-point without stirrups really helps you strengthen your leg muscles so that you can hold your leg position better. As for your horse it is good to jump fences on a circle going both directions so that your horse learns to go over fences even at awkward angles. If you need any more advice just ask =]
    02-18-2011, 11:23 PM
I'm a total equitation freak, and so is my trainer (that's where I get it from (: )
Here's what I do:
1. Lots of no stirrups! Sometimes just taking them off your saddle is great too. Warm up a lot without them, then eventually work your way up to jumping singles and courses without them.
2. Do lots of exercises. For example, dropping one stirrup and posting, practice your 2-point or jumping position at the walk trot and canter, stand up at the walk trot and canter, trot fences, drop changes and lead changes, sit trot, hand gallop, etc etc etc. The better you are on the flat, the better you are over fences!
3. Do a lot of jumping fences, going straight and stopping. This will help your horse learn to go straight, without hesitation for the turn. After you and your horse get this down, practice some easy roll backs, bending lines, trot fences out of a roll back, etc.
4. Gymnastics lines are amazing! I love them because I can practice doing no stirrups down lines, and it helps your horse's form over the fences, which is always a plus.
5. Keep your back straight, and practice good posture! A nice straight back with even shoulders (not rounded, that's probably the ugliest thing an equitation rider can do in my opinion) always looks great in the pen. Also, be aware of your elbows, hands, heels, and legs. Elbows should have a moderate bend in them (you don't want them to be straight.. also looks ugly IMO) and should not excessively move, legs should be as still as possible (no stirrups will help make this second nature to you, and you won't have to worry about it!), heels should be down, and I personally like a small arch in the back.

You also want to be as soft as a rider as possible. You don't want to over exaggerate the 2-point. For example, let the horse come to you, not the other way around. Don't force it to happen, and don't get in too much of a rush. Count 1,2,1,2,1 and when the fence comes, let the horse come to you. Always look for your next jump! Let the judges know exactly where you are going.

Some apparel that looks good in the equitation ring IMO:
Dark jacket, light shirt. Black or navy jacket with a light colored shirt like the classic white, light pink or blue, or violet or yellow looks good in the arena. For finals though, always go with white.

I personally like the silver stirrup iron (the classic) just because it shows better against your heel, and shows the heel. IMO, the black irons hide your heel, when in equitation, you should show how great your heels are!

These are just my opinions and what I do, that work for me! I have been pretty successful in the AQHA equitation, so I hope this helps! Good luck to you in your finals and competitions!
    02-19-2011, 03:10 AM
Green Broke
Thankyou all. Sadly I decided after I posted this last night I won't be attending sates - due to it is a month away and my horse has just have five weeks off, so I figured this would be a great thread to share Equitation tips (:

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