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MacabreMikolaj 08-10-2009 09:27 PM

Backyard Jumping To The MAX! =P
ROFL, yes yes, I know I'm a hick! Which actually leads me to a question - I've been jumping in my Dressage saddle for the last five years or so, just because I didn't have an all purpose that fit Zierra. It's a good quality Collegiate, and I love it to pieces. Recently, I got my uber POS all purpose back (it was $200 for the PACKAGE) and I was excited to have a "real" jumping saddle. Well, all it's done is cause me problems. I can't sit a trot, I can't sit a canter, and my two point is ridiculous. I thought it was me being a weakling. Turns out, for kicks, I threw my Dressage back on Zierra. And everything was ace again - easy sitting trot, couldn't move if I tried at the canter, and jumping was suddenly fun again.

So my question is - have I become so accustomed to jumping in a Dressage saddle, I'll just have to re-learn how to use an all purpose saddle? Or is my all purpose such a hunk of junk, it's just not going to be possible for me to have decent position? I guess it's hard to answer that, I'm more looking for other peoples experience?

Anyway, feel free to critique! Haha, I'm using a halter because simply put, she goes better in it. She's never liked the bit, and she has a horrible rushing problem with the bit - just gets her nose up and stops listening to me. With a halter, I'm in total control. Maybe we can find some jumping competitions that will let me go in a halter and Dressage saddle? :lol:
Yuck! I think I was in bareback mode - I have no idea what I'm doing here, except failing in an epic way
A lot of people have told me to stop trying so hard over crossrails - is this more of how I want to look?
Not sure about this one, she jumped long and I think she just bumped me right out of the saddle
LOL, just cause she's cute :wink:
I think I'm standing more then anything?
Again, to far forward
FAIL! Completely and entirely my fault, I completely goofed up the striding, and she saved my butt like she always does, little princess
I really like this one and would especially love critiques on this one in particular...feels like I'm finally doing it half decent (2'5" by the way)
Left behind

And a video of us jumping 2'5" (measured):
August9 :: ZierraJump25.flv video by Moki2009 - Photobucket

morganshow11 08-10-2009 10:44 PM

The 6th pic you look REALLY good. But you really need to release.

kerplop 08-11-2009 10:33 AM

I would ditch the dressage saddle asap. A more forward flap, like on an all purpose, is automatically going to require the use of new leg muscles, and even if the saddle is a piece of poo, I'd still use it for jumping. (I've been there... had no idea what I was doing several years ago and bought a crap "jumping" saddle on ebay :lol:) Your leg is obviously looking for support, and it seems like this saddle is only throwing off your balance and tipping you forward, and blocking your leg. If you get into trouble jumping in this saddle, I'm fairly certain that it won't be fun.

I think if you train yourself to ride in your all purpose, your position will solidify. Also, if you get into any sticky situations, you won't be as screwed.

Exhibit A:

(I had issues getting my horse into water, so ended up trotting through it. Coming out of the water, trotted up a short bank, and that jump was waiting for us. Practically took it from a standstill. :lol: Notice where my knee is. Obviously that saddle isn't an ideal jumping/cc saddle for me, but I don't think I would have made it over in one piece if my leg were blocked.)

Oh, and if your horse has issues with a bit, try a hackamore. I've seen several people at jumper shows competing with them. You also might want to invest in a shoe with a heel... and maybe a helmet. ;)

MacabreMikolaj 08-11-2009 09:46 PM

Thanks. Maybe I'll give a go in the all purpose and let you critique. I honestly feel WAY safer in the Dressage. I've done everything in that saddle and it's like my second child (my horse being my first, LOL). But I'll see if I can make it work.

ragazzabella023 08-12-2009 12:51 AM

your pony is a very cute jumper and you look good yourself, you just need to work on your release's. also you should always wear a helmet when your jumping, i sometimes dont wear a helmet flatting but when your jumping that should be #1

MacabreMikolaj 08-12-2009 06:57 AM

I'm 23, it's my decision :wink: Thanks for the comments!

ragazzabella023 08-12-2009 12:32 PM

ohh also it will take sometime for you to learn how to ride in your new saddle, you may have to adjust your riding style a little bit to find what works better for you. if you ride in the new saddle without stirrups it will help you out. if your horse doesnt like the bit, then you should try a hackamore or you can try a loose ring with a drop nose band. if she is rushing the jumps, put a pole a stride infront and after the fence so that way she has something else to think about.

jumpwhat007 08-12-2009 09:44 PM

I get that you are 23, and it's your decision, but it's extremely dangerous to not wear a helmet. I am 18, and last october my horse spooked after a jump and I came off. I broke my femur, and if I were not wearing a helmet, I could have suffered major brain injuries as well. My old trainer came off and split her helmet completely in half. If she were not wearing a helmet, that would have been her head.

Heres several other stories of people that would have died without a helmet:
Jessica Jahiel's HORSE-SENSE: True Helmet Stories from HORSE-SENSE Readers

I've fallen off even the most calm horses that are "bomb proof" as well. One time, I fell off and fractured part of my back, during a flat lesson, on a dead quiet school horse that had a bird fly into his head.

Anything can happen, even to the most experienced riders on the most experienced horses.

azarni 08-12-2009 11:25 PM

No critique, but cute horse!

I too understand that it's your decision not to wear a helmet, but I've always been curious .. what reasons are there NOT to wear one?

Tayla 08-13-2009 12:24 AM

You have a beautiful horse :)

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