Jumping down banks

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    10-12-2010, 01:33 PM
Green Broke
Question Jumping down banks

I just did (and my pony just did) our first down bank the other day and it was so fun! I basically kinda sat back, but let the reins go loose to avoid getting her in the mouth. But as with everything I do, I want to learn the proper way, so can anyone explain to me what you should be doing when you jump down a bank (or up for that matter, although that one's a little bit more self explanatory hehe)!

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    10-12-2010, 01:51 PM
Green Broke
Down: at this level, you need to just stay with the horse. As you come up to it, take your light brushing half seat, swing your hip and start to slip her reins a little. That's going to teach her that when you start slipping the reins to a jump, she's going down. As you go down you will want to lean back slightly, but land up in your feet so you aren't popping her in the back. You also want to land in your up and galloping position so you can get up and go on the xc!
Up: basically I use my two point but close your hip and "panty line" more. It will keep your body in balance. I also grab mane because I've been known to fall back up banks. :)
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    10-12-2010, 01:55 PM
Green Broke
Thanks Stormy! Yes, on this particular up bank I really laid myself forward lol...since it was a bank and then up a rather steep hill! They had SUCH a fun course!! We even jumped a small ditch :) Although the REAL ditch jump they had (which they kept calling a "coffin jump") was way deep and wide and we didn't have the guts to go for it...yet...we will eventually! ;) All in due time!
    10-12-2010, 01:58 PM
Green Broke
Its Better to be more forward over that kind of jump than back. And ditches aren't that bad. Basically they're there to do mental damage on riders most horses arefine!
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    10-12-2010, 10:43 PM
Green Broke
Yeah so true lol...they make you think OH CRAP is my horse going to fall in??? (and actually a couple weeks ago mine DID! Luckily it was a small one and it was just her front legs, she reared and got out lol)
    10-12-2010, 10:44 PM
Green Broke
Oh wow! She did? Did she not see the ground line or something? That's so weird!!!! Gosh I'm so lucky to have my
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    10-12-2010, 10:48 PM
Have we forgotten about how important the Coffin Canter is for Banks?
    10-12-2010, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Have we forgotten about how important the Coffin Canter is for Banks?
Yes, I don't remember what that is lol Enlighten me MIE!!!
    10-12-2010, 10:56 PM
Green Broke
Ohhhhhh how right Kim is once again. Set them back on their booties!!!!
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    10-14-2010, 02:38 AM
Pretty much position wise most people are naturals at it, at least at the lower levels. One thing is you knees, hands, hips, legs/shoulders(depending on height of bank) should go forward in the order. Don't shove your feet forward when you go down a down bank, pretend your pushing the horse down with your pelvis a little bit too and fallow your horse and make sure you give with your hands when your going down, when you clang them in your mouth your horse will start refusing. Hope that helped!

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