Yet Another Jumping Question, Need Advice!

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Yet Another Jumping Question, Need Advice!

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        11-17-2009, 10:04 PM
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    Hey everyone!
    I have yet another jumping question, very similar from my last.

    Okay, so I have said in previous posts that I'm sitting back too early, not giving a big enough release, and my leg is not stable enough. Well, today, it proved this.

    I was hacking, really focusing on bending and everything (my leg bouncing of course :roll:) and my trainer said, "Why don't you come jump this line" and I was like yeah of course, nothing better than jumping when not in a lesson. The line was a cross-rail, to a 2'9 oxer, to a vertical. It amazes me how over a 3'9 jump my leg is perfect, but lower it and make it a spread and jeez, my leg is going flying! My horse is a saint for bearing with me, but it seems like I'm always having problem with my legs. Sometimes it will be perfect, than I get taller and they're weak again. Also, my horse is gaining weight, which is good, but my trainer said it will take me a little bit for my legs to adjust. It just bothers me that I always have a loose leg and thigh.

    So my question is: When jumping, or actually riding in general, how can I get my leg really still and stable? Exercise wise and just giving me something to imagine, that always helps Please don't suggest lunge line work, because although it is very helpful, there is no one that can lunge us. I have a lesson tomorrow or Thursday, so I'm really going to focus on this. Like I said, I need tips on how to get my leg stronger, and things I can think about or imagine while approaching a jump or riding around the ring. I really need some tips, so if you have them, feel free to share.

    Thanks in adcance, I really appreciate it!
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        11-17-2009, 10:11 PM
    Do you do much no-stirrup work? That works wonders for getting your legs stable still, and strong.
        11-17-2009, 10:13 PM
    No stupid questions here :)

    As stated before you really need to work on 2 point. You have to remember that you aren't just ontop of your horse, but you are around your horse.

    Open your knee's, allow your bodies weight to sink into your heels and wrap your inner calf around the girth.

    Also work on stirrupless work, opening your knees, wrapping inner calf around girth. Heels taking bodies weight.

    You are not ontop, you are wrapped around.
        11-17-2009, 10:39 PM
    I love MIE's explanation and wholeheartedly agree. I find too that sometimes I overthink the jump and that's when I start making mistakes.
        11-18-2009, 08:26 AM
    Yay MIE! That was the explanation I needed You gave me something to "imagine," and yeah, sorry, it was dumb to basically repost the same thing as before, but I felt I had to reword it and add some things Thanks for all of the responses though! =]

    P.S. MIE, I'm trying to understand what is going on in your avatar...=]

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