Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I used to ride a TB gelding named Dodger who had alot of "scope" over a fence, and I had a hard time learning to "stick" with him over the fence. It wasn't until I was riding in a clinic with him, when I was shown how to find his "Sweet Spot"
Working on a Functional Two Point, allowing your seat to just hover over the saddle, allowing your weight to disburse into your heels and keeping your lower leg around your horse - remember - you are around your horse, not ontop of your horse - and keeping yourself over your toes, you'll beable to "stick" with our horse.
I find horses like this, that you do not want to sit on their backs. Remain functional by asking his back to come up to you every upstride with your legs, keep your seat out of your tack *slightly hovering over* while keeping yourself over your toes and balanced. Keeping your joints loose and moving like an accordian fold - so the shock can absorb into your ankles and knee's - and you can keep yourself just over his center of gravity .
It takes time to figure it out - it took me a while to find Dodgers "Sweet Spot" but when I did, it was wonderful :) To find where you need to be, over the horse, makes things much simpler :)
As Ian Millar says "A good rider conforms to their horse, a poor rider makes their horse conform to them" so - figure out what you can do with your position, to accomodate his "round jump" so that you can stay out of his way, while remaining functional.
Last edited by MIEventer; 11-26-2010 at 03:38 PM.