Jumping position critique ! & "Catching my horse in the mouth" Lots of pics !
I know i'm horribly pulling on my horse while landing from this jump. :shock: "Catching her in the mouth" , Any suggestions ? .. If i give her too loose of a rein I don't really have time to shorten the reins again when I land from the jump since she loves jumping and she likes to "speed" right after a jump. What can I do ? please don't be too harsh , I just bought this mare, I have only had her about a month and a half , and besides now, I hadn't jumped in about 2 or 3 years. So I don't think It's that, that... bad. Contructive Critisicm people ! :-) She is an 8 year old Hanoverian mare btw. (with an at times powerful jump)
VvV in This one my jumping position is pretty bad ?? :hide: I think maybe my problem is i need to stick my "butt" out :oops:
-Thanks , ! & critique but please be nice. (:
Or, you just never learned to bend and relax your hips and knees causing these problems.
All in all, I am being very nit picky. I see some real ability with you and these problems can be easily fixed.
Try keeping the crest release through the jump. BUT, make sure your lower leg stays forward AT THE GIRTH while you are jumping. You will have to relax and bend to achieve this.
As for riding on the back of your leg. I had a coach who would check the backs of our boots after every ride. If the sweat marks EVER went over the seam on the back of the boot, it showed we had our toes our. We were reprimanded if the sweat went over the seam.
A useful exercise to unlock the knee and keep lower leg forward is to do half seat (two point) at all gaits. Be able to do this with no hands. Your lower leg will have to be at the girth (not sliding back) to counterbalance the upper body. practise touching your bum to the cantle of the saddle to see how much the back of your leg needs to stretch to keep this position.
I hope all of this helps.
i would get back to flat work if i were you. lots of 2 point on the flat.
you have a lovely mare.
Nice horse you have.
I have been takign jumping lessons for a short period of time.
What I notice is that your body is pretty upright when you are in your
half seat. You need to follow your horse's movement.
You say your horse gets speedy....this might cause you to get in an accident one day. You need to make sure you have full control over her :) I would go on the flat and work on your half seat and do some trotting poles over them. While you are doing this I would also work on shortening and lengthening your reins...it might help.
I used to be guilty as charged. You do what I do. (or did). You don't bend at your hips and lock your elbows...bad combo. MIEventer actually had a great, albeit graphic visual to fix this problem. Picture yourself using a public rest room. You don't sit on the seat, you hover. You keep your legs perpendicular to the ground, fold your hips back to hover, and keep your shoulders over your center of gravity so you don't accidentally fall on the seat. I believe we deemed it the T-seat. Next time you jump, assume the T-seat and picture the TP is on the door in front of you. Really reach for the TP over the jump and make a conscious effort to unlock you elbows to provide that release. I try to think, as far as I put my bum back, that's how far I put my arms forward.
LMAO that is the PERFECT visual. Was it MIE's profile that said/says "perfecting her TPoint position" (or something like that) and now I know what it means!! :)
To the OP:
I know my first jumping coach was a hunter instructor, and she was always saying "LENGTHEN YOUR ARM". I have shorter arms, so that made me have really straight arms. So she would yell to me to bend at the elbow. Finally she understood that I just have stubby arms, and "lengthening my arms" is NOT going to happen ;)
That critique by Allison was so good, so detailed and so thoughtful, you could stop right there. You will not get a better critique if you pay for it.
Yes , the horse is really lovely.
i agree with what Allison said and i would go back to flat work first to build up strength in your seat and leg and when you go back to jumping throw a neck strap on your horse. it can be a belt or old stirrup leather just something for you to grab onto to help with your position and release and to ensure you dont catch your horse in the mouth until you get better. im actually going to be doing the same thing when i go back to my lesson with my trainer as my horse has HUGE jump (advanced level eventer) so i want to make sure i dont catch him in the mouth either when we start jumping bigger. it also helps as a visual to see where your hands need to be going and to stabalize you when landing, your horse will greatly appreciate this
you can actually see my horses jump in my avatar.. so def do this for your horse and flatwork will greatly improve your jumping
Thank You Allison , very detailed and helpful. I appreciate it. Thank You
too all of you guys for helping me out. :thumbsup:
made me laugh a little too.
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