11-01-2009, 11:25 AM
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First of all, I want to stand up and applaud you for putting the fault on yourself for your refusals, instead of putting the blame on your horse. That my friend, makes a great rider!
Ok, so we have to ask "Why does one get into 2 point too early?"
The answer is - The rider is anticipating the fence. The jump of their horse.
So, again, another question "Why is the rider anticipating the fence?" Because the rider is focused on what is infront of them, instead of what is underneith them.
So, what is it that you are doing when you get about 3 strides out? You are staring at the fence. Thinking about the take off point, focused on the jump - and you totally forgot about your horse, whom is the most important factor to the equation........right?
The simple answer is - stop looking at the fence. Stop focusing on what is infront of you and start focusing on what is under you - but that is much easier said than done.
The cure - rhythm. Focus on your horse. Focus on your horses rhtyhm. Start trusting your horse.
There are 2 factors here. 1) Yourself, the Rider 2) Your horse, your partner. You cannot do this sport without him, he cannot do it without you.
The least important in this picture, is the fence. Remember - Jumping is Dressage, with Speed Bumps.
Would you be anticipating your horses movement while doing a dressage test? No. So why are you doing this when there is a fence infront of you? You trust your horse enough to get you to the fence, but why aren't you trusting your horse enough to do his job?
Because you aren't being taught properly. Your coach has allowed holes in your training by allowing you to go over fences before you are prepared.
Grid work isn't going to help you out here at this point in time. What will? Lunge Line work, with no reins.
What your coach needs to do, right now - is put you on a Lunge Line, take away your reins and FORCE you to focus on your seat, focus on your legs and focus on your horses rhythm - and putting the 3 together.
What Coaches have done with me, works phenominally well.
What you want to do, is start out at the trot. Work on your balance, work on your seat and legs to get the rhythm you desire. Work on focusing on your horses movement.
You learn to focus on what is under you first. How to work together.
Then, have your coach put trot poles on the ground in a star pattern. *4 poles set in the circle you are riding on*
Work on rhythm. Trot only. And work on allowing your horses movement, to move you out of your saddle and put you where you need to be, to go over the trot pole.
Focus on what is under you - not ahead of you. Rhythm, feel.
Once you've established the task here, move into canter. Continue to work on focusing on what is under you and allow your horses movement to manipulate your position.
Work on sitting, work on your seat and legs. Work on staying put until your horse forces you to move.
When you've accomplished not moving until your horses movement puts you where you need to be - move to cavaletti's. Trot first. Same idea.
Focus on what is under you, not infront of you. When you've accomplished this at the trot, move to the canter.
This exercise forces you to work on you and your horse. The fence is not the important factor here - your horse is.
You should not move, until your horse moves you.