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    08-15-2008, 04:35 AM
  #1
Foal
Weird Question for you (please dont laugh)

Hi Guys,

I have a stupid (maybe) question to ask.

I've been on horses a long time, and done lots of different things. My favourite is jumping, but unfortunately it wasn't my horses favourite. Express Train Racing seemed to be his lol

Anyway, I was riding with a friend the other day (both horses are hers), and neither of us could be bothered putting saddles on. Anyway, both of us a accomplished bareback riders, have been riding together for quite a few years and we had our first serious argument on this day. I really wish we hadn't because it has changed our friendship :(

Anyway, we were both working on circles in the arena and have some fun, when we decided to have a go over the small jumps. They are only about 2 feet tall.
Its amazing, we can be bothered to bandage and boot up legs, and yet lifting the saddle onto these two guys was too hard? Lol

So we're bopping around, both with helmets and horses suitably protected, we're even wearing our body protectors, and popping over the jumps. We stayed about 6 lengths apart following each other, starting at a trot and then moving up to a collected canter. We had just landed over the jump when she yells. I hit the brakes and spun Karni around thinking she'd come off or something, to find her screaming at me that I should be lifting myself off the horses back over the jump. Okay, so I lift myself a little bit, but basically try to go with the horse and sit still. I mean, if I've got someone on my back and I've got to jump a log, the last thing I want is someone fidgetting around on me. Karni is a great girl to jump with, and is better left to her own devices from 2 strides out. Mess with her and she'll tell you in no uncertain terms that she doesn't need your help!

Was I wrong? Should I be lifting myself up off her back to go over the jump? Or should I do what i'm doing? My tushy comes up about an inch, and I move forward into a similar line to what Karni has, keeping myself centred, contact with her mouth and by the time we are over the jump, im up and looking for the next one.

Your thoughts would be great. If i'm wrong, i'll sincerely apologise to her, if im right, I don't know what i'd do, but I don't want to lose a friend just because we were lazy little brats that disagreed on something.

Looking forward to hearing from you
     
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    08-15-2008, 12:05 PM
  #2
Foal
If it's only about a 2 foot fence, and you're bareback, I wouldn't worry too much about getting completely off the horse.
I dunno. I could be wrong though.

I just mess around with my mare [just working over 2 footish fences, bareback] sometimes. I barely ever come off her back. I just lean forward, and follow her. I could be wrong though. It doesn't seem to hurt her though. She never shows any signs of discomfort or pain. She trots up to the fence ears pricked and happy everytime.

I probably wasn't much help. Lol. Sorry.
     
    08-15-2008, 12:38 PM
  #3
Yearling
Yeah, I don't see any reason to lift yourself totally off the horses back unless you're like making her upset by bouncing around and coming down too hard.
     
    08-15-2008, 01:08 PM
  #4
Showing
I agree, I don't think you need to lift your whole body off the horse (it's only 2ft as well). ;) I think you're doing fine the way you're doing it.
     
    08-15-2008, 01:51 PM
  #5
Showing
Exactly HOW are you supposed to lift yourself off the horse when it's jumping, and be expected to not hurt her back on the way down? For that matter... yourself?? (OW!)
My thinking is that you want to make it a smooth ride for both you and the horse, so doing as little flopping around is best. If you are able to stay with the horse and not come down hard on landing, you're doing a good job... don't go messing around with what's working ;)
     
    08-16-2008, 02:16 AM
  #6
Foal
JDI I feel the same way.
Basically, if you can get off her back, you'd end up ladning hard back down on her back on the landing. So do what you are doing just get into maybe a light seat with a foward momentum and very balanced, and that's all you need really. I wish I could jump my horse bareback! Haha he has the highest, most painful withers, like ever, no joke. Haha.
Have fun!
     
    08-16-2008, 09:50 AM
  #7
Foal
Im a major fan of doing what feels right to both me and the horse. I sit still, and go with the horse. Sometimes that pushes me a little off their back, but so far i've only had soft landings with this girl.

My old horse (TB X WB) had a wither that made you cringe just looking at it so I didn't attempt bareback on him ever, he was also excessively straight in shoulder which gave him a choppy gait, not the best to sit on lol, he was a darling though.

Thanks guys
     

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