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post #1 of 11 Old 09-16-2009, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Takeoff Spot

Lmao so I am having a lot of trouble getting my spots before jumps. I say "my spots" because I know it's something I'm doing wrong if he doesn't get it correct; not him.

Even if I count the strides, it doesn't really help. We end up taking off long, or chipping in really bad. If we get a decent spot, it's 99% of the time pure luck.

All my trainer will tell me is "you have to learn your striding on your own". Which, yeah, I know most of it is something that will (hopefully) come over time, but are there any tips you guys would have? |:

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-16-2009, 02:48 AM
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I worked a lot on low jumps until I got a feel for striding. Or even just poles on the ground. Counting, moving with the horse and adjusting. Getting them to lengthen, getting them to shorten etc. Just fiddled around until I gained enough experience to beable to feel the situation.

Not much help. I know how it feels. You'll get it. and I'm sure someone else here actually has a decent excercise for you to try out. :)
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I was going to practice just feeling it and keeping a steady rhythm with xrails and 2' jumps tomorrow. Does anyone have any other suggestions lol? D:

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I agree with the poles on the ground and lengthening and shortening. Or you can try counting each stride all the way up to your jump. Once you get the hang of that, try counting down from 3...2...1..jump....it works great Good luck!
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I agree with the poles on the ground and lengthening and shortening. Or you can try counting each stride all the way up to your jump. Once you get the hang of that, try counting down from 3...2...1..jump....it works great Good luck!
I forgot about that little trick. Actually telling yourself when to jump. I've just been going "1..2..1..2..OH HELLO THERE JUMP" lmao :{ I kind of fail. I'm definitely going to try this tomorrow, thank you O:

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Counting down 3,2,1 sometimes backfires. The mere act of counting down puts you into a position of anticipating the jump which is the last thing you want to do. Try counting 1,2,1,2 instead to get used to the rhythm.
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Counting down 3,2,1 sometimes backfires. The mere act of counting down puts you into a position of anticipating the jump which is the last thing you want to do. Try counting 1,2,1,2 instead to get used to the rhythm.
I do that, but it doesn't help me at all, really. We never seem to really "get" a good spot.

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I agree with MyBoyPuck. One of my trainers growing up make it all about "one two three jump" and we all grew up ducking and jumping ahead instead of being still and allowing the horse to jump up to you. There was a quote I read a while ago from a trainer who said: "Pace, Rhythm, Line. Get it every time." That's what gets the correct distance. Every horse has an "ideal" pace, some are faster then others. It's your job to find what it is. IMO this is the hardest to figure out! Esp if you ride different horses. Once you get your pace, you MUST keep on it! Slowing down or getting faster affects the horse's distance. Keep your lines straight. Swerving affects your horse's distance.

An exercise you can use to work distances is to circle over a jump over and over again. Keep the circle big enough that it's comfortable for your horse to maintain a good balanced pace, small enough that it's still a circle. Keep your body still and just let the jump come to you.
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gymnastics, gymnastics, gymnastics

with reins, without reins, with eyes open, with eyes closed (yes really!)

let the jumps come to you and get a feel for how your horse moves and where he takes off when the jumps are set to flow evenly for him (if you haven't used gymnastics before, employ the help of someone who has and know hows to set them for the proper distances or else they can do more harm than good!). in addition, a general rule of thumb is that the horse should take off as far away from the jump as it is high. so a 2' jump should have a takeoff spot and a 4' jump's takeoff should be 4' from the base of the fence. it also is what determines the bascule - 2' before and after the jump means a 4' radius for the arc, and also affects how you walk a line/course - smaller jumps mean smaller strides, etc. but enough theory - for now focus on the basics and good luck!

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-20-2009, 09:03 PM
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what about a ground pole a stride in front of the jump? I used to have this at my old riding school, & when they go over the pole, (with their back feet) then you go into 2point. Not sure if that helped.... good luck though.
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