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post #1 of 7 Old 07-06-2011, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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First Jumping Lesson

While I was at my aunt and uncle's ranch last week, they scheduled a jumping lesson with one of their clients, who does eventing. I got to ride this ex- Grand prix eventer imported from Russia named Max, and he was awesome. Very lazy though, so quite a change from my rushrushrush Thoroughbreds!

Anyway, lots of work in two-point in store for me, my biggest problems are looking down at my horse's head constantly, and staying in my seat over the jumps instead of two-point. Enjoy!
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WOW! look at the scenery in those pictures! Mountains, Grass, Trees, BIG BLUE SKY!! okay... sorry... Your legs are pretty long, i'd put my irons up a smidge and see how that helps your position. Great pics!

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WOW! look at the scenery in those pictures! Mountains, Grass, Trees, BIG BLUE SKY!! okay... sorry...
I know right?!?!? That's kinda all I saw
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Lol! I love going out there; it's so gorgeous. Lots and lots of irrigation to keep those fields green, though!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-07-2011, 02:38 PM
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Your lower leg needs to come forward, as it has slipped back. Looks like you are knee pinching.

Slide your foot back in the stirrup, so the ball of your foot is on it. Then get those heels down a bit more.

Love that you are square in the center of your saddle.

Third picture, you gave too much release. Small fences such as this don't require that much.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-07-2011, 04:29 PM
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First of all, I LOVE how you set your shoulders down and back. That's a problem I've always had. You have really good upper body position.

I agree with Velvet, You do seem to be clenching with your knees a bit. Open up your knees and increase your hip angle. Use your calves to hold on and balance instead of your knees. This will give him a little more motivation since he's so lazy.

Overall though, You look phenomenal for your first lesson!

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Thanks, Velvet and Vegas!

I see my leg has come back and I did feel my knee pinching a bit, any suggestions for that? I think what I did was take the weight out of my stirrups, and that's why the irons slipped back. I've been doing lots of work on the flat in two-point to turn my knees out a bit more.

Cricket, the trainer that I worked with, said I try to close the angles too much, instead of letting the horse's motion close the angle. Any suggestions for this?

Today I took Excel to the fairgrounds and did some work over cross-rails; we have a 4-H show Saturday that I'm optomistic about after today's ride. He's very bold over the fences, didn't refuse or run out once, and got into a few tough spots where he saved himself by lengthening or shortening his stride before the jump so we made it. He's having some trouble with his right lead, but after some clockwise circles he started picking it up alright.

Wish us luck on Saturday! We're signed up for hunter classes for 18", 2', and 2'.

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