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The hardest part of jumping seems to be the distances!

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    06-10-2010, 12:34 PM
Originally Posted by Sphi    
Oh wow, that was basically my entire lesson yesterday. I couldn't feel any distances!! I definitely think that's the hardest part.

Same, I need more lessons just focusing on distances.
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    06-10-2010, 09:32 PM
Focus on keeping your horse straight and forward. If you do the distances with work themselves out.
    06-11-2010, 10:47 AM
A neat trick I learnt from a clinic I rode in under Buck Davidson a few years ago, was that when you are on approach to a fence, and if the fence appears to be angled away from you, you are going to come in long. If the fence appears to be angled towards you then you are going to come in short.

So he taught us how to adjust in accordance to how the fence appeared to us.

For me, I like that I have a horse that finds his own distances :)
    06-11-2010, 01:08 PM
I would think it would be opposite?
    06-11-2010, 01:21 PM
I used to have trouble with my mare when we hit around the 3'6" height -- I was an avid hunter back then. My trainer decided that we were going to put the jumps away for 6 months to a year and focus on dressage. Of course, my 13 year old self thought that it was going to be "soooooo boring" but my trainer held fast. Lo and behold, a year later we were back on track, getting distances, and a better team than ever before.
When I sold that mare she topped out at around 4'3", we did medium level dressage with some more advanced moves as well.
Jumping is just dressage with speed bumps - practice dressage more, and your jumping will improve.
    06-11-2010, 01:41 PM
i would think it would be opposite?
Oh...maybe I have it backwards than? Lol.
    06-11-2010, 04:56 PM
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No, because if it's angled towards you, then you have a shorter distance to get to the jump, angled away, a longer distance to get to it. So in theory, that sounds correct.
    06-11-2010, 05:30 PM
The problem with that thinking tho is if you have a jump angled away ur going to have to get up closer to the jump to make sure you get over it so the horse has a bigger spread- if its angled to you you have to jump farther away from the jump so to make it and not chip the jump
    06-17-2010, 10:32 PM
I have learned that when I can't see my distances it is because I am not in touch with my horse. If you're several strides out and you can't see a spot, you need to do something, (take a hold/move up) to get back in touch with your horse. A good jumper can find or make spots regardless of what you do, but to successfully navigate a more technically challenging ride or to ride a horse that is green or unsure of itself, you have to learn to see them yourself and help your horse get to the best possible spot, rather than simply ride whatever comes along.
    06-17-2010, 11:03 PM
My old instructor was really good at helping us finding the distance so I've never really had a problem with it. And while most of the time the horses can find it themselves as many have stated above, I use to ride this giant paint who only had one eye, thus has no deepth perception. So you have to tell him the distance, other wise it will end horribly.

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