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        07-24-2011, 05:38 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Uneasy Lesson

    Well.. today I had another lesson, where I rode Bee. We rode inside today and she seemed very fast. Like VERY fast. I could keep her at a steady canter most of the time when we were doing flatwork, but when we started jumping I was supposed to keep her at a trot. That was very hard though, I had to do a half halt every time I posted, and then when we were jumping she would jump the jumps like Oxers. Also, today was the first time I fell off. We had 3 little cross rails in a row and after the first jump something felt off, and I flew off over her shoulder. My trainer said I had the best landing she has ever seen. I got right back up and went again. After a couple of more times going through the rails fine, she suddenly jerked forward and jumped them like Oxers again. Then, I fell over her shoulder again. That landing was amazing too. I got right back on again. I know the reason I fell off. It was because I leaned forward after the jump. But I was still half halting her through the whole thing, and she wouldn't listen sometimes. Tell me what you think and I will post pix and vids so you all can look at and maybe see why she would suddenly do that. Thanks! =)
         
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        07-24-2011, 05:39 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    The good thing though is that I used my legs more to post and my posting looked a lot better =)
         
        07-26-2011, 10:52 AM
      #3
    Foal
    Half halts aren't everything. Just because you give a half halt, if the rest of your body is not corresponding with the aids of what you want her to do, it's useless. For example, if you throw your weight forward but half halt for your horse to slow down, it makes it very hard for the horse to know what you are asking for.

    At the trot, do not half halt every time you post. This will only make your horse numb to it and she will start to ignore it. Instead, sit tall and slow your posting down. Your horse will have to slow to match it. Half halt in the corners or whenever you feel your horse is starting to speed up, but make sure you're not bumping/squeezing with your legs or tipping forwards. Don't send mixed messages.

    You also need to learn to sit deep and back into the saddle while approaching a jump. This enables your horse to gage the distance and get proper striding, while encouraging her not to over jump. Don't get into 2-point too early, and don't let her take off from far away. Hold her back until you're close enough to the jump. And make sure you wait for her to take off and do not over jump.

    Videos and pictures would be nice. Could you post some?
         
        07-26-2011, 12:23 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Yupp. Heres a quick video I put together of last weeks lesson.
         
        07-26-2011, 01:43 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I'm not a jumper but I did notice that your heels keep popping up and your seat gets kind of out of whack. Try riding with out stirrups or bareback to get your seat better.
         
        07-26-2011, 01:50 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I don't want to seem like a naysayer - but I question the wisdom of jumping if you can not fully, 100 percent control Bee during flatwork.

    Your video shows that your own riding position is not as strong as it needs to be, you appear to be losing control of your own body and position over fences, leaving Bee to do whatever it is Bee is going to do. Since Bee is wanting to go-go-go, that's what she is left to do and you become a hapless passenger rather than the controlling partner.

    My advice - flat work. LOTS of flat work. Your posting isn't sturdy enough to be half-halting every post, its probably throwing you off beat and sending very mixed signals to your horse. You need to be in full control of your horse on the flat - period. Once you are in full control of both the horse and your own position, you will be significantly more in-control over fences.

    Just my 2 cents.
         
        07-26-2011, 01:57 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by simplysouthern    
    I don't want to seem like a naysayer - but I question the wisdom of jumping if you can not fully, 100 percent control Bee during flatwork.

    Your video shows that your own riding position is not as strong as it needs to be, you appear to be losing control of your own body and position over fences, leaving Bee to do whatever it is Bee is going to do. Since Bee is wanting to go-go-go, that's what she is left to do and you become a hapless passenger rather than the controlling partner.

    My advice - flat work. LOTS of flat work. Your posting isn't sturdy enough to be half-halting every post, its probably throwing you off beat and sending very mixed signals to your horse. You need to be in full control of your horse on the flat - period. Once you are in full control of both the horse and your own position, you will be significantly more in-control over fences.

    Just my 2 cents.
    Like I said I'm not a jumper but Ditto Flat work, Flat work, Flat work! It seems boring because it isn't as exciting as jumping but Keep on it and you'll be amazed at how much your riding skills improve and your confidence goes up! Oh, yeah congrats on getting right back on after your first fall!
         
        07-26-2011, 02:05 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Thanks! We usually work on flat work a lot before we jump. Also, Bee is a very stubborn horse. The reason I was put on her was because I would do everything just fine on the other horse (Teddy) that I used to ride. We could jump without a problem and he had a slower, smother trot then Bee does. She put me on her just to challenge me a lot. My trainer said that by jumping with Bee instead of Teddy, it will challenge me a lot more and make me have better balance and control of other horses also. Thanks!
         
        07-26-2011, 02:09 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    I understand what all of you mean! I will work on that! =)
         

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