we haven't jumped in a verrrrrry long time, so we're a little 'rusty' but i was just wondering if anyone could give me some helpful tips on improving my position and his form over the jumps?
this was the last jump we did today and its only about 56cm high (1.8ft?), but he's very unfit so i didn't want to push him too high, too fast.
i know that i'm not releasing enough in the photo/video, my arms are sticking out (as far as i can see) and my heels aren't down enough... but has anyone seen something i haven't?
i can't wait until we get our proper standards :D
Only that that's a really dangerous home made jump :( If the horse knocks the rail there is now here for it to fall gracefully because it's stuck between the arms of those chairs.
You have a big, beautiful place to ride and I am jealous :D
i agree that it's a dangerous jump S:
i'm helping my dad with building these: Lorien Stable - How to Build Jump Standards
what a dangerous jump =| ... but your position is good =D .
Anyway, what I saw was like you said, you pull on the horses mouth, you have chicken elbows, and your heels need to go down further. Now. Two of these thing are easily fixed. One, is a bad habit that you'll have to work on.
1) your feet are too far in your stirrups. This makes it more difficult to put your heels down correctly. And- while we're the topic of stirrups- you leathers need to be shortened about two holes. They should rest just above your ankle bone for jumping.
2) Pulling on your horses mouth. Does your horse rush when jumping? My guess is yes; that is the most common cause for pulling on the reins. That, or you got left behind, which you didn't. If you horse rushes, take him to the jump like you're going to jump it, but leg yield to the side, and sometimes make a circle and approach again. Do not jump when the horse is going too fast. This reinforces rushing. If you watch top notch riders, they aren't always in jumping posistion between jumps. They use their seat to slow and balance the horse before the jump. Make sure your horse is relaxed before approaching the jump- a tense horse isn't going to listen well. And as he listens better, you'll feel it less necessary to pull on the reins before the jump.
3) chicken wings, you'll simply have to stay conscience of when jumping, and try to correct it.
I really like your soulder, hip, knee line. You aren't far ahead of the horse, which is common for novice riders (I, myself, am working on correcting this problem).
Other than that, I don't see much. You're looking ahead nicely. Nothing stands out too much. If you'd put a photo of you jumping a decent height, some things may pop up that you don't see over 20" fences.
Remember, have fun!
Diamonds, you're right in that cross country jumps are even more dangerous than that homemade jump, but the OP says that the two of them haven't jumped in a very long time. A cross country jump isn't just something you do randomly, it takes alot of practice to be able to ride cross country safely.
great critique diamonds ! i lovemyhorsies, you look like a good rider, and i like your general position and angles [couldnt watch the video though, it wouldnt load !]
i do not think that jump is unsafe. if the pony bumps it, it will simply fall over.
Very unsafe jump and you really need to go back to groundwork. Your foundation is fairly unstable and you have an insecure position. I would suggest doing lots of two point, and getting your position more stable first.
we do used to do xc at pc level regularly when we were still going to pony club
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