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    03-28-2014, 01:04 PM
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Recently, my mare and I have finally found our thing: jumping. I was so afraid to try it for so long and when we finally started taking lessons (I know, I know, green and green=black and blue but I have done all the training on this mare myself and have come out of our trials triumphant and ready for the next challenge) I discovered my mare's invisible wings. Literally. Jumping has come a little harder for me than for my horse. My jumping teacher would watch as my mare flies three feet over a pole on the ground and I get left behind and end up behind the saddle coming off the jump?.... no it was a pole. Really a pole. This mare is AGILE. She was acting up and not wanting to go over small set of jumps. I finally had her in line (indirect rein, indirect rein) and two steps before she ducks out. My jumping teacher was in shock and was just like "no horse should be able to get away from you that fast!" I just laughed. I've learned not to get frustrated, just laugh and try again.

So anyway, any tips on how to anticipate a horses jump? Sometimes she barely tries and does this tiny little hop, other times she flies over it. It's the flying thing that throws me off guard. Also, any good jumping exercises would be great. Rhythm and control is our thing right now. And if you know where to get cheap round WOOD poles, please let me know! They need to be round or octagonal. Seems like the only ones I can find are online, and then I pay at least $25 a piece and have to pay for shipping. I wouldn't mind painting them and doing that stuff, just trying to find round poles is hard. Even logs are scarce, but then again I do live in the desert.
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    03-29-2014, 05:47 PM
If your mare is jumping 3' over a pole, it sounds like she is in as much need of form help as you are. Gymnastic grids are your friend for both of you. Nice easy pre-determined striding for her and the ability for you to just sit there and wait for her to jump. Start with something very basic. Four trot poles spaced 4'6" and then 9' to a cross rail. Set it up in the middle of you ring. Trot in over the poles and then just stay in the up beat of your post (half seat) close your leg (bear hug your horse) and plant your hands about 1/2 way up your horse's neck to provide a release. She will most likely canter out. Come back to trot, and come back around to the grid. Change which way you turn each time after the cross rail.

If your quick mare still runs out, first make sure you are using enough leg and providing her a release. If you are and she is running out, use wider reins to channel her to the center of the cross rail. Walk or even stop her at it if you have to, but do not let her run out. That's a very easy bad habit to start and much harder to fix. When all else fails, think more leg and remember you can never sit too tall on approach to a fence.

Once you get basics down, you can add other jumps beyond the cross rail, such as a low vertical 18' from the cross rail. Your instructor should be able to help you with the proper spacing.
    03-29-2014, 06:51 PM
Thanks so much! That's some great advice and just what I needed. I do have 6 poles so I can certainly do those exercises. I do have another question, though a little irrelevant to what I need right now-in an average jumper course, does the rider (when not going over jumps) spend a lot of time in half-seat? Does that depend on experience?
    03-29-2014, 07:48 PM
Kinda depends on the situation and what discipline you're riding in. Most eventers and jumpers ride in a full or light seat between fences. It provides for better communication with the horse and gives you more contact with the horse and more security when they refuse and run out. Ultimately you want to know how to ride a full seat, light seat and half seat. For now just learn how to hold your two point position over fences an how to follow your horse's mouth. Grids are great for that.
    03-29-2014, 08:49 PM
Awesome, thanks =) I'll be coming back here if I need more gymnastic exercise ideas. I'll be sure to ask my jumping teacher too-he's very good! However due to various reasons I have had to hold off on jumping lessons for a month. Should be starting up again in next couple weeks but just wanted something to do in meantime and an outside perspective. =) Probably in a few weeks I'll start a thread on here recording our progress. I think part of the reason why I'm having trouble over jumps is because I'm jumping in a dressage saddle lol That's top on my list is to get an actual jumping saddle. I love my dressage saddle but am thinking I'll have to kiss it goodbye and hope whatever jumping saddle I get will be just as comfortable!

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