Hey you're not alone! I don't jump but the other day I tried to trot my mare over some poles (which she's done mannnny times in her life) but this time she decided she was gona jump a plain old pole on the ground as if they were 80cm or summat. I was NOT prepared certainly NOT for that kind of height. She even tucked her leggies in (video)! I laughed the first time as it caught me off guard (poor jab in her mouth :<) but then she jumped these invisible jumps a few more times and getting the feel of when she was gonna bundle up under for the launch got easier with each repetition. I did it with a long rein as I really didn't wanna jab her again. It was so random and any onlooker would have thought we were mad, jumping these invisible barriers, with terrible form may I add. note: it was only after I realised that its coz I'd not taken the boxes either side of the pole away, coz I'd just shoved the poles on the ground after someones jump session. It was dark, floodlit arena so bless her little soul <3
Are you not able to get a jump lesson anywhere, even just one to set you up for good practice and position?
aww bless your horse she sounds so sweet!
I could go to another stables but I'm not sure if I can afford to do many lessons- and they don't tend to let you jump on your first lessons around here, not to mention I'm actually a really nervous rider on most other horses, so jumping them would probably be too out of my comfort zone honestly...
however, I had a super long hack today, and actually found a cross country field with jumps thats available for public use, I could try her there as their not high and well spaced out, its just that its over an hour away lol
Grab the mane with both hands and don't try to anticipate when she's going to jump. By grabbing the mane, you will be pulled forward if you get left behind and you won't risk popping her in the mouth when you lose you balance.
On the flat, you can practice two point and transitioning between different positions (two point, sitting, posting, halfseat, ect). It builds balance and strength.
will definatly try this, sounds smart, though she trots with her head quite low so I'm not sure if I would end up leaning forward anyway :/
will have to try it and see
would also like to add I was totally wrong about the saddle, spoke to the owner and apparently its a bareback saddle, its just got a very high front and back lol
your still right of course- seen pleanty of riders jump bareback, just don't think its the most beginner friendly idea lol