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Hi I am have trouble with vertical jumping. My horse can jump cross poles fine, but when he does vertical he stops for a second then goes over the jump ,but every time I fall off. Please help me with this and thanks for helpful information!
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It sounds like you may be getting nervous without realizing as you approach the vertical. Do you have issues jumping the cross rails? Are you getting left behind or popping your horse in the mouth at all?
Make sure in your strides leading up to the jump you don't focus all on the jump and forget to ride, there's still things you need to be doing and telling him, and it's important to give him the message that you are confident about it.
How does he go on a free lunge over one without a rider?
Make sure you are counting your strides leading to the jumping and giving a solid cue for when your horse should jump.
Some horses will pop over crossrails without needing much of a cue because they can basically just stride over it. With verticals, they have to think about clearing the jump with an actual jumping motion. If you have an unsure horse, then that could cause them to have to stop and think about the jump.
Clear communication and confidence is key!
Start developing your seat. If you're falling off you're going past your abilities. You shouldn't really be looking at jumping at all if you don't have a secure seat. Do lots of practice in two point position and the trot and canter, as well as transitions. Set up lots of lines even just pole-two strides-pole-stride-crossrail-two strides-pole so you get used to riding combinations, you can move up to jumping multiple crossrails.
When you do verticals make sure they're filled in, so you might have a straight bar and then a cross beneath in, so both you and your horse can line up where you want to jump. Or even set up another jump wing set behind the cross rail and have a vertical bar just a little higher than the cross part.
Once you have a secure seat you'll find you'll have less problems. Your horse will be more confident and you'll be more likely to succeed .
You need to ride with forward impulsion to clear verticals...they are higher naturally in the middle requiring more effort from the horse to clear them.
That in turn means you need to be better balanced and off of your horses front end and your horse pushing himself from his hind end forward and not pulling himself along on his forehand.
If you are better balanced you would not be falling off so much...sorry.
It takes time, work and co-ordination from you and also with your horse to achieve these goals...not overnight does it come to many.
Work on securing your seat, building your core strength and riding to the base of your fence with a instructor helping you so you don't learn wrong and then need to learn it right and fight yourself out of your bad habits.
I would suggest forget looking at "high" verticals and just do a crossbar maybe 18" high that you raise just one side on to make that vertical.
When you master the approach, arc and landing of that then and only then do you consider higher or more difficult fences.
Till the groundwork of your riding education is strong your lack of support in balance is going to create problems every time you want to advance in difficulty...fix those holes now.
Trust me, I had many holes and because of those holes had a weak foundation that needed to be torn down and rebuilt, it was very difficult to unlearn bad habits from compensating for a weak foundation...better to have a strong foundation and then build...safer too.
Remember too that doing verticals also needs a take-off and a landing pole either side of the jump appropriately placed to aid the horse and you in "seeing the spot"...again something needs learning and guidance from a learned eye and instructor to see yourself...
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