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post #1 of 15 Old 02-17-2011, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Troubled rider needs your help!

Hi! So, I have been recently told (by my trainer) that I sit down to quickly after the jumps. I have tried to fix it but it shows no results, anyway to fix this!!!!!!!!! Excercises, counts? ANYTHING!
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-17-2011, 02:50 PM
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entire lessons in two point to strengthen your legs.
Then when stronger, entire lessons w/o stirrups.

Then grid work staying in two point.
Then grid work w/o - you guessed it - stirrups!

You can also (in a chute on a trustworthy horse) learn timing better blindfolded/eyes closed. Staying in two point and learning to feel the jump. Def a good thing!

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post #3 of 15 Old 02-17-2011, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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entire lessons in two point to strengthen your legs.
Then when stronger, entire lessons w/o stirrups.

Then grid work staying in two point.
Then grid work w/o - you guessed it - stirrups!

You can also (in a chute on a trustworthy horse) learn timing better blindfolded/eyes closed. Staying in two point and learning to feel the jump. Def a good thing!
Thanks so much, Im looking forward to trying it!
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-17-2011, 03:28 PM
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Well thanks a LOT, speedy!

Entire rides in two point! Later, entire rides in two point without your stirrups!

LOL.

It should not just be lessons, it should be a lot of your 'free time', too, LOL.

When I took jumping lessons, the instructor came in exactly on the hour, and shouted TERRRRROT! ASSUME TWO POINT POSITION! And started the LECTURE on jumping.

The lecture lasted FORTY FIVE MINUTES, LOL!

About minute fifteen, just about everyone was muttering...'the lecture...end the lecture...PLEASE....'

He discussed the HISTORY of jumping, the various positions and distances, the entire process of teaching the horse to jump....

Finally one student piped up and said, 'Mr. Instructor! We just trotted in two point for forty five minutes!'

Mr. Instructor said, 'OH DID YOU NOW! WELL THEN YOU MISSED FIFTEEN WHOLE MINUTES! YOU WILL BE DOING THE ENTIRE HOUR TOMORROW!!!'

The thing was...it was incredible. Incredible. IT WORKS.

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haha slc and yes it works WONDERS!

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-18-2011, 10:19 PM
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2-point without your stirrups. Also, sometimes the cause of this is that you "snap your back" which causes you to sit. By this I mean you don't hold your back flat and you end up looking like a scared cat. To fix that you could put a dressage whip in the crook of your elbows BEHIND your back so that if you do snap then the whip will flip out when you do. Other than that I can say you should hold your 2-point at the walk, trot and canter just to get a feel of the different gaits. Also, there is no shame in grabbing your horses mane before a fence so that you are stable when the horse lands. Hope this helps =]
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-19-2011, 03:44 PM
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Something a trainer taught me when I had the habit of doing that too, he told me to count the three strides out from the jump....Jump the jump.. count a strideor two on the other side of the fence. Its all about being able to feel your horses back legs make contact with the ground on the other side of the jump.
Sounds a bit strange when I type it out but it helped me alot.
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The question is, why are you sitting too quickly? Are you sure you are are not getting left behind? 2 point will help but it won't fix timing issues.

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-20-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know, Habit possibly, and I don't get left behind, im just worried that one day my horses back feet are going to clip the rails on the jump. Its not on big jumps, just jumps around 2'9...
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I think all it takes is just keeping a concious effort to stay in your lower leg longer.

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