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post #11 of 21 Old 12-04-2014, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Try relaxing and allowing your hips to remain in the saddle. Your hips are getting ahead of your heels and it's transferring your weight to the front end of the horse.
Thank you for pointing that out. I do have a tendency to be tense just in general but I have been trying very hard to fix it and I'm now riding twice a week so it helps.
I also should note that it was my first time cantering more than just the one jump at a time. The three jumps were done in a row consecutively. It was definitely exciting though!
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post #12 of 21 Old 12-04-2014, 10:12 PM
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you've got a good mount, and a great start. it's all gravy!
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post #13 of 21 Old 12-05-2014, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
you've got a good mount, and a great start. it's all gravy!
He tried to be bad today. I went over 4 this time, instead of three. I have serious respect for people who do this all the time. I think the hardest part is in between the jumps lol. My trainer took some pics from today too, so I will see about posting them soon.
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-07-2014, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Yogiwick View Post
Actually watching that lead me to this:
^one of my favorite videos. I've posted it on this board before. I am a huge Greg Best fan.
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-08-2014, 01:59 PM
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I'm no expert, but maybe try transferring a little bit of your weight further back. Also, maybe push your hands a little more forward and pull your chest a little further back so its a bit more even. I think you look terrific.
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post #16 of 21 Old 12-10-2014, 12:32 PM
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Looks like you are a little tense, which is normal when starting out. Breathing will be your best friend!

I love your mount. The first thought that popped into my head was that he was a horse that really took care of his rider. Hope that's true!

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post #17 of 21 Old 01-30-2015, 06:26 PM
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Its great to see the enthusiasm in you and your mount :)
The first thing I notice is a safety issue. The jumps you are going over have cups (pole holders) on the wings but no poles on them. This is dangerous for the rider and the horse. Always make sure the fence has the cups (pole holders) taken off the wings or has poles on them. Also always make sure the cups are not left on the ground as if a horse stands on one it us usually a long time off lame.
I would work on two things to help you. The first is to try and get you to keep your leg underneath your hip when jumping. In the pictures you are going too far forward, but this could also be because your lower leg is swinging backwards, not necessarily that you are launching yourself too far forward. Try and stick your lower leg (from the knee down), to the horses side.
The second thing I would work on is keeping a straight line from your elbow to the bit, including the jumping phase. This ensures that you have a contact with your horses mouth continuously throughout the movement.Your trainer might prefer the 'crest release', so you will really have to go with what they say for now. Then when you are proficient you can make up your own mind.
The main thing is to enjoy it, and you sure look like you are doing that,well done!

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post #18 of 21 Old 01-30-2015, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your comments. I haven't rode in a little over a month because I had a pretty bad fall on a horse that I rode for the first time. Dislocated rib, concussion.. it was not good.
Anyway, I though I would post a video of the course we practiced on a few days before the show that following saturday.

ETA: I had only just learned to canter courses and I think that may have been my 3rd week of doing it, riding between 1-2 times a week.
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Let me just say, that horse seems like an absolute sweetie pie. Just the kind of horse I'd like to ride after a long break.

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post #20 of 21 Old 01-31-2015, 01:52 PM
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Keep the knees, shoulders, and head in front of the perpendicular line made by the stirrup leather, and the hips behind it.
When first starting out, think 'heels down' over the jump. When you take off, push your lower legs forward and heels down. Helps with balance and as you learn, you won't have to think about it as much.
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