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    02-19-2011, 03:57 PM
  #1
Foal
Equitation falling apart over the larger fences

So I had to take a year off from riding and Im now starting back getting ready to start a new show season. For whatever reason I keep rounding my back and rounding my shoulders over the larger jumps.(3ft and up) Never had this issue before. Maybe its just getting back it shape, but its irritating.
Anyone have any tips or tricks for keeping a straight back over the bigger fences?

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    02-21-2011, 09:44 AM
  #2
Trained
I would work on 2pt on the flat a lot and go back to smaller fences. You need to get your muscles and confidence up before moving up to bigger fences again.
     
    02-21-2011, 11:12 AM
  #3
Yearling
It probably is just because you need to get back in shape and used to the whole deal. Do a lot of no stirrup, standing at the trot and canter, 2-point at the trot and canter, dropping one sirrup or the other, and trot fence excersizes to help you. Also, maybe you should try perfecting the lower ones? Always think of your shoulders, elbows, hands, heels, and legs.

I remember when I was first jumping the bigger ones and I did some of the same things your doing, my trainer put a crop behind my upper arms and made me jump gymnastic lines. It worked for me, but if your on a horse that needs a big release, I wouldn't recommend it. Also try relaxing some too(:

Good luck!!
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    02-21-2011, 05:28 PM
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Started
I agree with what was said - go back to the basics. Gymnastics, flat w/o stirrups, entire lessons w/o stirrups, entire lessons in two point, gymnastics w/o stirrups, and so on. I know it is frustrating to have to take time off and rebuild over smaller stuff when you were used to doing more but trust me I have been there. Several years ago I was schooling 4' with my jumper and looked amazing. Then I had injures, he had brain explosions (haha he's hooooot... ) and we had to go back to schooling MUCH lower and showing 2'6" - 2'9" for shows. At home we could do more but it took ALL last year to get to where I could do anything higher than 3' with him - by late summer we were back to more height - and decided due to his stress level at shows to focus on hunter paces (where most of the fences are over 3'). Well I gotta say was I ever glad I spent all winter/spring/summer working on form over smaller stuff with limited schooling over the bigger stuff bc my form was FINALLY solid again and I gotta tell ya - I would NOT want to be loose/in poor form over a 3'+ solid rock or stone wall!

Good luck and above all - be PATIENT!
     
    02-22-2011, 10:31 AM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for the advice! :)
     
    02-22-2011, 10:44 AM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by justjump    

I remember when I was first jumping the bigger ones and I did some of the same things your doing, my trainer put a crop behind my upper arms and made me jump gymnastic lines. It worked for me, but if your on a horse that needs a big release, I wouldn't recommend it. Also try relaxing some too(:

Good luck!!
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LOL, so trainers like that are still around...brings back fond memories, only it was a broomstick not a crop.
     
    02-22-2011, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
LOL, so trainers like that are still around...brings back fond memories, only it was a broomstick not a crop.
yeah me too to the broomstick! And I fell off bc the horse was spooky, needed cotton in his ears, and he bolted.... fun times lol!

To the OP - I feel your frustration I promise! In early 2009 I came off and landed wrong and reinjured my left knee (that already had 2 surgeries and needed to be rebuilt) and then just as I was getting back into riding in a freak accident a horse bucked and somehow caught my hand (on the longe - horse bucked in place as I was backing away) and crushed my pinkie and I needed surgery and lost another massive amount of riding time... then 2010 jan - april I was involved in a horse rescue case (i have a rescue org) and was going back and forth to ohio leaving me with even more lost time in the saddle...

I then spent all of the remaining of the 2010 season riding my butt off just to get back to where I had been! God luck -you'll get there - just don't rush it is my advice!
     
    02-22-2011, 01:13 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
LOL, so trainers like that are still around...brings back fond memories, only it was a broomstick not a crop.
Yup! I love trainers like that.. Makes all the difference in the world!!
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    03-09-2011, 07:51 PM
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Foal
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LOL, so trainers like that are still around...brings back fond memories, only it was a broomstick not a crop.
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Yeah same here. For me it was a crop, but man it left blisters on the insides of my elbows haha good times, good times.

But definitely go back to the basics. I had the same problem when I started to jump 4ft and I just constantly went back to the basics. Basically what your doing is overcompensating for the lack of balance in your leg, so if you can get your leg to be more stable then the rounded back and shoulders will start to fade.
     

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