these are some pics from my ride yesterday. we are working on calming down and not rushing jumps so ive been mixing it up and either stopping her before the jumps sometimes or pulling out and going a different route. shes enjoying jumping and get a little overexcited lol one time i tried to stop her before the jump and it seemed she had stopped a next thing she leaps over the jump lol anyways heres the pics
and this one is where she jumped when i wanted her to stop
ive been working a lot lately on keeping my heels down and getting a steadier lower leg and im slowly getting there :) i also know that in a couple i need more release but a couple of the jumps were unexpected cause i was trying to stop her lol i need to work a lot on slowing her down and relaxing her a bit more. she gets very pully on the mouth once she gets warmed up and starts jumping.
i also know in the first pic my toes are pointing outwards quite badly. i have nooo idea what was going on there lol
Is that a dressage saddle you're jumping in?
Looks pretty good, Jazzy! :D That's a good technique, making her stop before or changing up the route. ;) I should do that more with Lexi, sometimes she tends to rush to the jumps. :roll:
Very good job, though! :D
You two are looking great!
You both have improved :)
Is that one of those ridiculously expensive invisible helmets? :wink:
Possum does look good, and it's good that you are addressing her rushing problem.
Jazzyrider - If you raise your stirrups a good 2-3 holes you will have a much much easier time lowering your heel and anchoring your lower leg where it belongs. And I think your toe is sticking out because your foot was in the stirrup backwards. It looks like the stirrup leather is twisted the wrong way.
Working through gymnastic exercises is also a really great way to slow a rusher. There's an article in one of the recent Practical Horseman issues about it, but I haven't read it yet.
poptart - thank you :) she gets so confused when i do that. she's like 'but isnt the point of this that i jump the jump' lol
appy - why thank you :D and yes, that is one of those ridiculously expensive invisible helmets :lol:
regardinghorses - the stirrup leather is right in that pic. i had a look and it does look deceiving but it was cool :) i hadnt shortened my stirrups heaps yet because they are such small jumps. when i lift the height more i will shorten them more :)
Cool. It's sometimes hard to tell in pictures. :-)
But you two do look good!
Another thing you can do is do trot poles up to a fence. Or put a pull before/after or before and after a fence. This makes the horse slow down and get his/her striding to the pole correct. It works for my mare who just used to run full speed at fences.
appy - thank you :)
britt - its funny cause i was only sitting here last night thinking how i should give that a go :) next time i ride i will do that :)
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