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Crazy Horse 02-18-2007 02:29 PM

Any advice?
Hiya I have been riding for 2 years now. And its the best thing I have ever done! I would say that most of you would agree with me!! but anyway I was Wonderning do you guys have any advice to give me to help me inprove my horse riding skills! And if any of you have problems post them here and we'll give eachother advice!

Ok I'll start

I find it hard when your comming up to a jump to see the best stride can ye help me?

Crazy Horse 02-19-2007 10:34 AM

Can anybody help me? even though i feel like a fool asking that question! :oops:

barnrat 02-19-2007 12:45 PM

wow I dont really do much jumping but I think you may find it worth it to post that in horse training......You may feel like a fool but if you dont know the answer we are ALWAYS trying to help you!!! and trust us, we never would think anyone is a fool! :D

(I am sure there are others who may have the same question and would love your topic so they can also gather advice from it.)

crackrider 02-21-2007 05:08 AM

I don't jump that often so i can't be that much help but don't worry someone will know or will be able to find out!!! :)
Never feel like a fool!! We all understand what it's like asking something your not sure about and feel embarrassed about!! We won't make fun of you!!! So don't be afraid to ask!! :D

TudorRose 02-21-2007 11:15 AM

The key is not to try and see a stride. As a relatively new person to jumping you will find that very hard as it takes a lot of skill. By trying to see a stride you will likely end up pushing the horse to take off long (too far away) and you will also likely jump ahead of the horse. This will put you ahead of the horses balance and make it hard for him to take a clean jump in a safe way and if he stumbles on landing you're in a risky position.

Instead of worrying about seeing a stride work on maintaining an even rhythmic stride on your approuch and waiting for the jump to come to you. You don't want to jump until th ehorse does and its th ehorse lifting his shoulders on take off that cause you as a rider to "close your angles" that is close your hip so that you go into jumping position. The horse puts you in jumping position not you. So work on getting a nicely contained bouncy even stride on your approuch and then as you turn to your jump start counting up with each stride, 1,2,3,4.....8.9 etc. It doens't matter what number stride your horse jumps on but this will help you maintain the stride you need and stop you from jumping too early. If you could down 5,4,3,2,1 and you started counting in the wrong place you will be left in the wrong place feeling like you should be jumping when you shouldn't. The worst thing I hear people doing is couting 3,2,1 from what they feel is 3 strides out. couting 3,2,1 results in your "firing" the horse at the jump and often the horse jumps flat and takes a rail.

Anyway happy jumping and see how that works.

Raini 02-21-2007 05:54 PM

^^^she covered just what I was going to say!

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