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post #31 of 38 Old 12-29-2009, 09:42 AM
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What I think you really need to focus on, is Dressage. Dressage is going to teach you proper form in the saddle, positioning of you body - to not only solidify you in your saddle, but aid your horse to move and work the way he should.

When you ride with your hands that low, you are not aiding your horse what-so-ever. When you ride with your hands locked down near your horses withers, or stuck on your horses neck between the fences, you are not aiding your horse at all.

Your seat works the back end. Your legs lift the horses ribs up into your seat, and your hands are supposed to be functional, to where they aid your horses front end to lift up and work with what your seat and legs are doing.

When your hands are in the place where you keep them now, you aren't doing this.

Your seat should be functional, to accomodate each ride to each fence. Merge from a full seat, into a 1/2 seat. From a 1/2 seat into a full seat. Your hands must beable to do the same thing. Your hands must beable to give, release, bring back, support, lift, aid your seat and legs in a turn, half halt, hold the outside shoulder, and the list goes on - and they cannot do that, when you have them locked onto your horses body.

Get your hands off of your horse first and foremost. The only time they should be touching your horse, is during your release - no more, no less. At all other times, they should be properly carried and independant, functional aids.

Dressage lessons, will show you this.

Afterall - Jumping is Dressage with Speed Bumps. If GP Jumpers spend 4/5 days a week doing Dressage, I stop and think "Wow, if they do that, there must be a pretty good reason as to why" and if GP horses can do minimally level 3 dressage, then there's a darn good reason behind that as well.

I say, if they education themselves to that level, then you know what - so can I - or darn well try.

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post #32 of 38 Old 12-29-2009, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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it looks so high to be keeping your hands though? I don't recall seeing people ride with their hands there?
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WOW i learnt so much today! We fixed my rhythm, balance, leg WOW everything was amazing today!
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I agree with most of the above post.. You are a cute rider but your arms are locked and your release is none existent.

Instead of thinking about your hands think more about your elbows... bend them more (which in-turn lifts your hands)... Keep the contact just follow through more. It helps to widen your hands and think about keeping your arms parallel at your sides so that when you come in for a crest release you give your horse a little more room so if you make a little mistake you won't be getting him in the mouth as much. Does that make sense? (This is just something you do while your practicing your release and eventually evolve into an automatic release.

You could also just hold mane about half way up your horses neck while in your two point (around the entire course) to help you learn to follow the motion and practice your timing. After I had my son, this helped me a lot get back into the swing of things...

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post #36 of 38 Old 12-30-2009, 12:04 AM
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I felt that I should add...

Hold on to mane with your index finger of your inside hand so that you still have a squeeze motion and your outside rein is still free to do it's job (this is where the dressage training comes into play..)

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post #37 of 38 Old 12-30-2009, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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alrighty! we practiced something like that today with a dressage trainer! she was great oh my gosh did she ever help me!
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post #38 of 38 Old 12-30-2009, 03:28 AM
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i've always thought to be functional you need to carry your hands- so your elbows/arms have enough room to move.
i've always struggled with a crest release- as MIE said its a North American introduction.
so i can see how you would find it disconcerting to be holding your hands and then putting them along the crest.

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