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    11-22-2010, 01:46 PM
Green Broke
Question Jumping form

Ok so we're on Year 2 of learning to jump together and starting to tackle some higher stuff (not that high, max is 2'7" but typically we school around 2'0" to 2'3" for now to work on our technique still).

I know that I tend to "sit up" too soon over a fence, but it's SOOO automatic for me now, it's difficult to train it out of myself, and I tend to overcompensate by throwing myself back forward again onto her neck almost.

When I sit up too early, the saddle hits me in the butt and then I end up pushing myself forward to try to not hit my horse in the mouth.

Anyone have any tips on what I could do or what I could be thinking about over the jump to avoid sitting up that split second too early??

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    11-22-2010, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
Any takers on this one? I'm about to put it in the critique section except I already know what I'm doing wrong (from what my trainer has told me and from watching these videos myself), I just want some pointers on how to FIX it from others who have had the same problem!! ;)
    11-22-2010, 07:43 PM
Green Broke
I, too, sit down fast after a jump. I havent gotten the exact science down, but it is getting better.... I just stay forward for 1 stride after the fence.
    11-22-2010, 07:45 PM
I do it too. I just tell myself in the air, "don't sit early, don't sit early" Primitive, but it seems to be working.
    11-22-2010, 08:23 PM
Green Broke
Lol ok so I'm not the only one ;) I try to, but then I end up with the little forward thing I do upon landing and by then it's too late, it's like I sit up, realize I'm doing it, lean forward again and by then I'm already being hit in the butt with my saddle lol
    11-22-2010, 08:29 PM
I usually end up overcompensating and then falling forward like a sack of potatoes. I'm finding out that Puck likes to bascule over jumps. It's like having a second burst of jump in mid air. It's very hard to stay with. The only thing that's helped me is jumping gymnastic grids where he handles the spacing and I just focus on my position. Muscle memory a _itch when you're a bit older.
    11-22-2010, 08:30 PM
Green Broke
I think part of my issue is that I'm so worried about my position that I don't HOLD ON enough with my legs, which makes them swing back, which then tips me forward so I almost HAVE to sit up to not end up on my mare's neck, and then...ugh, well you know!

I also *think* I might have been looking down on that one, so I think maybe next time I won't worry so much about my position and more on keeping my legs on and steady and looking OVER the jump rather than ON it!

But I would LOVE to look like THIS...

Sooooo for those of you good at analyzing videos, look at mine and then at hers and tell me what I can do to adopt her form!! LOL It's almost like she leans forward, then releases, then brings her shoulders and back up and goes from there. For some reason I lean forward and release all at once, then sit back up...it's like I'm not giving myself the split second hesitation THEN releasing because I'm so darn paranoid about getting my pony in the mouth!
    11-22-2010, 08:34 PM
Green Broke
Here's a better video to compare her to me...note my "lean-release" LOL ;)

    11-22-2010, 08:39 PM
Green Broke
Hehe and if you want to see where I got the bad habits from...well, watch this ;) It starts with a video of the first time Sandie and I jumped together! (it was actually her 5th time, my trainer lunged her over some jumps before he put ME on her because it was all new to her too!!)

    11-22-2010, 09:15 PM
I think I see something that might help. You jump with rather long reins. Instead of keep them in your lap, maybe shorten them to keep your arms more forward. It may sound backwards, but if you keep your arms forward, it allows you to concentrate on keeping your upper body back and over your hips. With your hands already forward, the mere act of your hips folding over the jumps sends your arms forward to provide an ample release. On the other side of the fence, just unfold and reset your position. Who knows. It might help.

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