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  • How far apart do you place cavalettis
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    11-05-2012, 08:06 PM
Smile need jumping tips

I am going to jump my haflinger mare and need tips I have jumped her before but just 1.2" and was at trot I tried cantering to a jump but got off balenced when she landed and I went over her shoulder.
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    11-05-2012, 08:18 PM
Sounds like you just need to get used to the feeling of jumping! :) nothing too hard, every horse lands a bit different. My current horse and me jump up to or over 4' and lemme tell ya, unless you sit up your comin off haha. All that to say, just get used to the feeling of cantering over a jump and the feeling of landing. In time you will learn where your ballemce should be in order to stay on. Don't get discouraged! :)
    11-05-2012, 08:24 PM
Heeey best friend, just jump the god **** jump.... LOL
    11-05-2012, 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by Kelsey Loves Horses    
heeey best friend, just jump the god **** jump.... LOL
thnx for being supportive lol
    11-05-2012, 10:17 PM
Sounds to me like you need more help from a trainer than tips from people over the internet.
Have you had any formal instruction?
    11-05-2012, 10:40 PM
Firstly, before you begin to jump practice your jumping position over the flat.

When you are really good at it and feel completly in balance with your horse at a walk, trot and canter, introduce trotting poles (start with one and build up to 6 in a row, around 5 feet apart, this will change depending on your horse).

Make sure you are holding the position with your back tall and your weight in your heels. Repeat the exercise until you can do it without losing balance. It's fine to grab a neckstrap or mane until you can do it without holding on.

Introduce a small jump at the end of the trotting poles (no higher than 1"). Go over it exactly as you did the trotting poles.

Next come at the jump again, this time sit well up (rising trot) for the trotting poles. As you feel your horse lift off the ground, let your upper body fold forward slightly into your jumping position, remembering to grab the neck strap or mane. NO NOT throw yourself forward, this will unbalance your horse and you will probably fall off. If your horse only trots over the jump, raise it slightly.

When you can do the jump confidently in a trot, take away the trotting poles and build 2-3 other small jumps around the arena, working on keeping your heels down and NOT throwing yourself forward as you negotiate small courses (in trot). Your horse may land in canter, this is fine but pick up a trot before the next fence.

Now the real fun begins!!! Pick up a canter and canter over the jump just as you did from trot, grab the neckstrap and concentrate on your position and only fold forward a little bit as the horse takes off. Make sure your shoulders are back, you are looking where you are going and your heels are down. Build wings to keep your horse straight while you learn how to do it if needed.

Once you are confident over one fence in canter, start little courses, gradually making them bigger. Do not jump higher than you feel safe jumping.

If you are having trouble, go back to the previous step and then slowly build up again.
Make sure you have a neckstrap (a stirrup leather fastend around the horse's neck will do) to hold onto.
Your horse should be wearing boots and your stirrups should be 1-2 holes shorter than normal. A back protector and helmet is advisable.
It is almost impossible to have the correct jumping position in a dressage or western saddle, make sure you are using a jumping or GP saddle that fits you and your horse.
Get a trainer to help you or at least video yourself and watch the videos yourself.
ALWAYS have someone present when you are jumping.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!

-Abigail, Riding Coach
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    11-06-2012, 05:33 AM
I have a great book titled "100 jumping exercises for horse and rider"
It has lots of pole exercises and gradually builds it up, not unlike what Standardbred has suggested. I find the diagrams very useful to work off
    11-06-2012, 06:53 AM
Thnx guys and I think the reason why I was offbalenced at canter is because I threw myself foreword over the jump when I was supposed to only rise alittle lol
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    11-09-2012, 08:41 AM
Standardbred (Abigail) gave you some great advice. Look into a trainer. I know this isn't fiscally possible for everyone for a long term basis, but even if you don't ride with him/her regularly, they can still mark your progress and give you advice from another point of view.

Set a line or 3 or 4 cavalettis, 3' apart (adjust to horse's stride), raised to 12-18" on one side. Trot through both posting and in two point, focusing on heels down, leg solid, eyes up. Don't be afraid to grab mane in the two point, that's far more desirable than flopping down on your horse's back mid air!

Once you're comfortable with cavalettis, move on to low gymnastics. Keep changing the layout so not to bore your horse, same with the cavalettis. Don't burn him out. Bounce to 1 stride to 2 to 1, 3 to 2 to 1, whatever. Gymnastics will also help you with your leaning problem. Drop your shoulder between a short line or bounce and come off a few times, you'll learn quickly! :)

Don't let falling discourage you. It happens to the best of us, and it's how we learn!

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