Hi, I know how difficult it is when you start jumping and by no means am I an expert. But I have a couple things which may help, make sure your two-point is perfect on the flat! This means practising it at walk trot and canter once it's solid at all these gates try it over ground poles you can either just practise your two-point going over them or you can ride them like a proper jump and go into two-point as you go over which should help with your timing again do this at walk trot and canter once you can do this easily and are comfortable with how your two-point is go over some small cross poles. I've always been taught not to go into two-point until the horse takes off, go with the horse don't anticipate the jump and go into two-point too early just feel the horse and go with the movement, if you can do it for the first few times on the lunge and if you can without reins as this will not only help your balance but if you get it wrong (we all do at times so don't worry) you don't pull the horse in the mouth also don't go any higher until the small jumps are perfect! this may sound boring but trust me you will thank all your practise later :) as going higher is not the difficult part it's actually perfecting the small jumps and your position thats hardest. Also remember for the small jumps that you should not be launching yourself up the horses neck think of it more as bending like a hinge at the hip rather than pulling yourself out of the saddle. Remember keep your heels down and also remember to release again so they're not yanked in the mouth. Um I hope this helped and made sense lol :) if you want more help or don't understand somehting just ask
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Last edited by JessXxX; 12-25-2010 at 04:12 PM.
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