03-11-2009, 10:07 PM
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We all have bad rides, and we all have great rides.
I am sorry that you are bummed out, but be proud of yourself for 1) Blaming yourself, not your horse and 2) Taking the responsibillity and recognizing your errors.
That, makes a great rider :)
I disagree with staying in 2 point - you need to learn functionallity now, at your young age. If you train yourself to be strong now, you will be even stronger in the future when you grow as a rider.
You need to learn to ride on 3 points, while allowing your upper body to remain just slightly ahead of the verticle. You don't want to sit up too tall, don't allow upper body to get too forward, or behind.
Legs remain wrapped around your pony's girth, legs solid at girth, heels deep, no pinching, no gripping.
I also disagree with counting your strides - reason being, is because that makes you focused on the fence ahead of you.
#1 cause of jumping ahead - is rider anticipating the fence. What does that mean? Staring at the fence, trying to get to the fence instead of allowing the fence to come to you, focusing on what is ahead instead of what is under you.
Learn to ride your horses rhythm. Learn to focus on where your heels should be, lower leg should be, and upper body should be. Learn to ride your horses rhythm - meaning control of his pace, strait line, nice rhythmic canter.
Allow the fence to come to you.
YOU know the fence is there. Your pony KNOWS that fence is there - so why focus on it??? There is no need to focus on it. Focus on your pony - your superhero, confidant and companion.
Focus on your pony. Allow him to lift you out of your tack - that is his job. HIS job is to get you over the fence..not yours. YOUR job is to get him to the base in a safe, controlled, rhytmic, fluid pace.
You cannot jump that fence for him, only he can. But he cannot get to that fence without you and your support. See :) Team work :)
Ride His Rhythm. Ba dum, ba dum, ba dum *legs and heels, check* ba dum, ba dum * find focal point - check* ba dum, ba dum *strait line - check* ba dum, ba dum - jump.
Don't race to the fence.
Be proud of yourself, you are growing and learning each day - you'll figure it out :)