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post #1 of 7 Old 11-27-2010, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping problems...need help

I've recently began jumping and so far it hasn't been going too well. I just can't seem to keep my balance as my horse goes over the jump. I've been trying really hard to keep my lower leg solid but it seems to fail me more than help me. I've never jumped any higher than 2 feet so far. My horse seems to sense my hesitation when we approach a jump and now likes to stop right before it then do a little bunny hop over it or she stops completely/ runs out. Any help on what I can do to correct myself?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-27-2010, 08:47 PM
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Lots of 2-point work will help solidify your lower leg. Do it while walking, trotting and cantering - a couple laps around the arena or a few minutes at a time. Your legs should hurt ;) Make sure you're not gripping with your knee and REALLY sink into your heals and no resting your hands on the withers/neck/whatever - that will help your core also.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-29-2010, 10:39 AM
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Practicing your 2-point will help strengthen your lower leg. Also when you are jumping and you feel off balance, grab the horse's mane. It will help you feel more secure.
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Practicing your 2-point will help, as well as a lot of no stirrup work. Really practice sinking your heels and using your calves to grip, rather than pinching at the knee.
Now for your hesitating, maybe practice on a very small cross rail and think "We can do this, we ARE going over it". Picture in your mind how you want to look :)
Also, I find if you look in a mirror to practice your two point (off your horse lol ) And try to get the feel of what you want to look like going over the jump, you'll be able to get a better feel ON your horse of what is right. Muscle memory is the key in jumping!

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-07-2010, 04:39 AM
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If your not doing this already shorten your stirrups a few holes. Grab the mane or use a neck strap - a spare stirrup leather. Wow typing on a touch screen phone on a vibration plate is hard!
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-08-2010, 12:37 PM
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Dont worry, it takes practice! First, you need to shorten your stirrups up a hole or two (but you might have done that already) and a neckstrap may help too. Remember you dont need to get everything perfect in a short space of time, you'll soon be jumping higher!
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-08-2010, 01:51 PM
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Yes, I agree with the above posts. Also, it sounds as though you are probably getting ahead of your horse and anticipating the jump. Sit back and let the horses’ body come to you. The horse is jumping, not you. Best thing to do is to grab a piece of mane and "go with" the horse instead of getting ahead. When you get ahead of him, you are unbalancing him, which could be one of the reasons he is stopping. Also think about keeping your weight in those heels and staying a bit closer to your saddle with your bum and supporting him with your leg before the fence to encourage him to keep going.

It will come in time, and just remember "don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong!" ;)

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