First time jumping! :)
OMG what kind of pony is that she is adorable! I am also learning to jump (i jumped when I was 12) I am not an expert but I think your leg is good, and heels. And your not jumping before you horse like I do :P
I think you guys look great!
choke up on the reins a bit and move your hands up some. Your kind of hunched over so try to straighten up a bit, but all in all your heels are down nicely and your leg looks good! I loovvveee your pony!!!!
oh and your pony looks a little lazy over the jump so give him a little nudge and get that energy going, if your energy is high it will help with him.
I'm no expert either, but I think putting your stirrups up a hole or two would help ?
He has only JUST had his first canter in once again, 5 years or more. When I got him he was over weight and had not been touched for 5+ years (I have had him for 2 years). His old owner's Granfather breed him for her when she was younger, she is now over 20 and has other horses. He was left in a paddock of green grass for many years. :(
Here he is the day we met:
The day I got him:
Thankyou for your opinions and advice! :)
You look great for your first time jumping!
Love that you are giving your pony the rein, in a beginner jumper that is important to stop you jagging him in the mouth as you find your position.
I have a few tips to add :)
When jumping, you want to incline your upper body forward, but not stand in the stirrups. The impulsion of the horse jumping is what determines how far out of the saddle you need to be. Over a jump of that size you can almost stay sitting in the saddle. If you shorten your stirrups a little, and just concentrate on going with the pony, you will find it a lot easier for you and the horse to jump, and for you to not need to stand in the stirrups.
You have wonderful heels and a pretty good lower leg position! Which is the foundation you need to jump well.
Lovely little pony you've got!
Attached a photo to kind of help.. I am inclined too far forward in this photo, but it gives you an idea about the length of stirrup, and the idea of not 'standing' in the stirrups.
ETA: Please don't critique my position, I already know whats wrong with it ;) And I'm only saying what I've learnt from a few instructors..
Oh and yeah, if you get your pony going more forwards, it will be a lot easier for you to go with the horse rather than having to create your own impulsion and energy to get into a good position.
Think about how hard it is to do a long jump without a run up, or from a walk.. That translates into the saddle. Without a nice forward trot (or canter), its hard for both of you to get over the jump. :D
You look awesome for your first jump though, I'm happy I don't have pictures of my first few times.. Haha
Thankyou for the advice and tips. I hopefully will go for a ride on the weekend and get to try out peoples tips. :-)It is wicked having advice from more experienced riders. Im a trail rider and almost self taught. I had 5 half an hour lessons at a animal nursery before getting my pony. :)
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