I have a few jumping related questions.
I am pretty dumb when it comes jumping terms, so bare with me here.
What does jumping a grid mean? Is it a layout of jumps?
I have problems with my lower leg swinging forward while I am posting, is no stirrup work the cure for this or should I just keep working on it with stirrups?
With that in mind, how can you gauge your stirrup height without getting on the horse? And is there a guideline in how your leg should sit when you are riding? I am having a hell of a time getting the stirrup length right,too short, too long, to short. My coach has helped me but we seem to always be adjusting.
I think thats it for now.
A "grid" is the same as a "gymnastic" and this refers to a series of jumps, placed closely together, e.g. trot into a bounce, to a one stride, to a two stride to an oxer. Any series of jumps together like that would be considered a gymnastic.
No stirrups work can be very beneficial, as could working in a two-point with stirrups. Both will develop leg strength and help stop your leg swinging. You can also use exercises, like posting by sitting for two beats and standing for two, sitting for one and standing for two, etc.
You can approximate your stirrup length by putting your fingers tips at the top of the stirrup leather and then pulling the stirrup towards your armpit. You want the bottom of the iron to just touch you armpit. This is a very rough estimate in my experience though; you're better off adjusting from the horse's back. On the horse, if you let your leg hang down relaxed, the bottom of the iron should hit your ankle bone.
Yes, it is a series of jumps set at specific distances (which can vary a lot) used to teach a horse/rider to use themselves better
This is a fairly easy beginner grid
This is an example of an advanced grid
^^^ OOoooOoooh Allison, I like the idea with the trot poles before the X-rail. I've never tried that before. Might have to give that a go!
Oxer, that's funny! How did you get to your level and miss trot poles?
When teaching, I always used 3 - 4 trot poles in front of a crossrail and gradually built to the first gymnastic Allison posted (love the graphics, btw, Allison, may I use them?). Students jumped through stuff like that at a low height a lot before trotting single fences or ever cantering a fence.
Same with green horses.
A skilled rider with a good eye and feel for pace can start green horses jumpingfrom the canter with the aid of some placement rails, but the margin for error is much lower with trot poles.
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