Starting work at a barn north of where I live at a hunter jumper facility. She asked if I was in IHJ (indiana hunter/jumper) and I told her no, mainly because NO ONE around here is into that. I've been self taught over fences, and I took a lesson with one woman and I just didn't feel like I was getting anywhere as far as my position was concerned. So I've been invited to ride with her equestrian team early in the day n____n I'm so happy, I love jumping, it's a lot of fun from the experience I've had with it, and perhaps now I can actually not look like a n00b, with real guidance.
I've been told by people who jump that considering I'm self taught, I'm quite good at it - I just feel that there's more to it than that, like I'm missing a piece of the puzzle.
The missing piece you're referring to is most likely dressage. Great flat work is ultimately what makes good jumping. That's great that you're working in an H/J barn. You should be able to pick up a lot of riding tips while you're there. Have fun.
No, I've done plenty of flat works under dressage instructors and trainers. The concepts I don't understand are basically release and how to actually execute a jump. Do I sit in the saddle and wait for the horse to go up, or do I just put my weight in the stirrups and lift my seat when I feel his front legs lifting. Like I said, I'm self taught over fences, and no one around here does jumping so it's trying.
GREAT!!!! Sounds like a fabulous opportunity!
While some would tell you never to jump without an instructor, if there's nobody to teach you in your area, you gotta do what you gotta do. The trick is to keep things simple and not move up until you feel rock solid in what you're already doing. There's a $20 book called 101 Jumpine Exercises that sounds like it will help you out a lot. Have fun and stay safe!
Okay, seem, that's what nobody told me XDD I'll keep it in mind for Saturday if I don't freeze before then (high of 12 >.<)
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