How to release over jumps and 2-point

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    06-16-2012, 09:51 PM
How to release over jumps and 2-point

Lately I have become confused over how to do a crest release over a jump. I have been jumping on a horse who really doesn't know where her feet are so she's sketchy on where to take off, but we're working on exercises for that.

As for jumping I have seen some people have contact to the jump and then put their reins near the middle of the neck. Then I've seen people having contact the whole entire jump. Which one is correct for a beginner horse? And I am training for beginner novice so I would prefer to learn it the way that will be used then.

Also, when you are trotting/ cantering towards your jump do you go into two point, sit, or a "floating" half seat? And for whatever you do, could you tell why you prefer to do that?

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    06-16-2012, 10:05 PM
For a green horse, a generous release is normally the best way to go. You don't want to catch him in the mouth and give him a bad experience. A generous release also lets him learn to use his neck to help balance himself.

For a crest release, you don't want your hands floating above the neck. Just think extend arms forward, plant knuckles into the neck just below the mane. Rein length short enough that you have control on the flat, but long enough that extending your arms forward at jump time puts a nice loop in the reins.

As for seat on approach, that depends. Teaching a horse to jump is done mostly through grids since single fences can be difficult for green horses to figure out. Grids have nice set distances and can be set up in succession by adding elements as the horse masters the previous ones. Trot in, canter out.

For single fences, the answer is, it depends. If you have a forward horse who wants to jump, a light seat is probably fine. Stay out of his way and let him jump. For a more timid horse, you will need to sit and drive him to the fence in the proper tempo. Normally horses will be timid the first few fences and then decide it's fun and become more forward, so your seat on approach changes to fit that.

Hope that helps.
    06-18-2012, 03:15 AM
You should release over a jump, I believe the riders who don't are incorrect.

I once saw an instructor use a technique for releasing the reins over the jump for a rider who was struggling with it. She used Blue Kote which is just a spray for injuries, but it is a blue/purple color. She sprayed a spot on the horses mane to mark the point where the rider should put her hands. Of course you don't want to look down at this, but you can see it out of your peripheral vision without looking down.

I always sit fully in my seat and only come up when the horse is coming up. I know that beginners are taught to get into a two point early on, but that's just to help them. There's no reason to leave your seat until your horse is going up themselves.

As far as pacing before the jump - try putting out a ground pole, it helps a lot.

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