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        09-04-2013, 01:27 AM
    Exclamation please help my jumping position :)
    This s a picture of me jumping I have been told that I go up instead of sliding back even though have done countless hours of no stirrup work it is still a bad habit does anyone have any ideas of what I could do better. Please help
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        01-15-2015, 04:31 PM
    Hi! Firstly, relax. :) take time to take a few deep breaths and relax every muscle in your body.

    Ok, the jump position is all about the fold from the hips, you should take the weight into your stirrups and then really fold from the hips, pushing your bum towards the back of the saddle.
    Imagine the weight sinking down into your heel. You may want to shorten your stirrups a hole looking at the photo. Be careful that your toe doesn't sneak in front of your knee once your stirrups are a little shorter. The shorter stirrup allows you to fold easier.

    Keep the upper body straight but lower your shoulders a little. You want to flex and fold rather than tip. Your centre of gravity needs to remain constant and by tipping you will become unbalanced. Keep the arms relaxed imagine they are elastic and will follow your horses movement.

    Practise the jump position at halt and once you are balanced, try it at walk, then trot, then canter and then over trotting poles. It is invaluable doing work in the jump position without using fences. This will strengthen your position and balance before you even go over a jump. You can also practise the jump position when working without stirrups as this will improve balance, strength, core stability and stamina.

    Good Luck!
        01-15-2015, 04:41 PM
    Your leg is pretty far back.
        01-15-2015, 04:47 PM
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    Some thoughts
    You're approaching the jump worrying that the horse is going to stop so riding 'defensively' which is making you sit too upright
    Too much weight on your stirrup - weight sinks down into your heels, you don't push yourself off your stirrups, the power that enables you to go forwards comes from strength in your thighs and core
    Pinching/gripping with your knees so you're pivoting on them causing the lower leg to swing back and lose stability
        01-16-2015, 03:23 PM
    Two-point. Practice it a ton. Don't grip with your knees, and remember to stretch your calf and heel downward. When you go into halfseat or two point don't thrust yourself forward using your leg. Use your core muscles. And sit up tall. Heels down, sit up tall. Best of luck!!
        01-18-2015, 05:00 AM
    I have had this problem for a long time.... I would recommend that you keep only the ball of your foot in the stirrups and ur heels down maybe ur already doing that my mac isn't letting me zoom in... so practise at a trot over a pole, stand in your stirrups.hold the neckstrap, look forward and up and where you want to go next... put your hands forward when holding the neckstrap it helps me. Or if you don't wanna use a neckstrap use ur ponys mane.... try it:) nice pony by the way! Name?

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