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post #1 of 6 Old 10-04-2012, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Going higher but falling back... pointers please!

Hi All,

I've been reading things on here for a while and finally took the leap to register and post! A little introduction: I'm 25, from the Pittsburgh area. I've been riding and taking lessons regularly since I was 12 and am finally searching for a horse of my own (yayy for adulthood!). I've mostly been doing dressage and low cross rails but am finally up to verticals in hopes of doing a low cross country course one day.

So my question is this: When I jump verticals I tend to fall back too soon causing my horses back legs to knock the rail. Can anyone give me some tips on this? Thanks a million!
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-04-2012, 04:13 PM
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Are your legs giving out on you? Without pictures or video it's hard to say by it sounds like your lower leg may not be supporting you well enough. To strengthen, and develop an independent seat, work on lots of two point, frog position, double and triple posting and canter posting.

Good luck and welcome!
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-04-2012, 04:57 PM
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Cycling is great for building up leg muscle -
Try to not sit back down until your horse has landed - though dont do it to the extent that you are putting all your weight on his forehand
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I would also check to make sure that your stirrups are not too long. For low fences, you will want your stirrups hitting right around your ankle bone.

I agree that pictures would definitely be helpful (and video would be even better!). But moreso, finding a trainer or knowledgeable friend who can take a look at your progress is invaluable - especially as you are trying to advance your skills and jump higher fences. A trainer/skilled friend can also help you and your horse avoid getting into bad habits, which is key as you continue to improve and want to continue to raise the fences.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-05-2012, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll try these tips
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you need to train those muscles. riding in 2 point on the flat, and riding with no irons will strengthen your legs and your core. Also, in all fairness for your horse, you could always just stay in 2 point as you gallop away from the fence. Since you're aware of your riding fault, make a conscious effort to simply stay in 2 point longer instead of getting caught in the back seat in the middle of the fence.

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