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post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2018, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my jumping position?

hey guys! I've never had a proper jumping lesson and was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to improve my position? Please don't be too mean I know its not great!
p.s I look down going over the jump- this isnt a usual thing I do, I didnt expect him to clear it, hence the celebrations at the end!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2018, 05:33 PM
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I can't really comment as I am total noob regarding jumping (just waiting for the veterans to log on!). But mind me asking what schooling have you done flatwork and in preparation for jumping? Is that your horse? You training it to jump? Future goals etc? :) Pretty boy!
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Hiya! I've been riding him for around 3 years now on loan 3+ times a week usually! We basically have spent 95% of that time doing flat work and hacking due to my lack of experience jumping(never getting to jump when I did lessons at a riding school as the centre wasn't really great, but no other ones nearby). We've now jumped 10+ and have had some pointers from other people at the stables but thats it as far as any real instruction. I didn't train him to jump but he was really green and so when I started to jump him would usually bunny hop over anything- he has improved so much! Only wish was I started jumping him sooner as I am moving away in a couple of weeks to work at a stables- meaning I can hopefully continue to improve my jumping, probably under guidance this time! I ultimately would love to compete, but know I have a long way to go :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-17-2018, 10:04 PM
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Oh dear, lot to work on there, please go back down in height and work on your basics, I know i’m Like a broken record, but please get some lessons before you get hurt, or sour the pony.

You do not look like you have a secure seat, you are out of the Saddle, loose in the lower leg, and as you say looking down. Look at your hands on landing, you lift and catch him in the mouth...

Sorry, I would love to be positive, but this is not a pretty picture.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-17-2018, 10:54 PM
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Before you go high you need to learn to ride properly to low fences, cross-rails..
You need to learn how to ride to the fence base, stay in a quiet 2-point jumping position as you go over and land the other side...without hitting the horse in the mouth nor throw him away, losing contact and gentle control...
You need to learn a 2-point position and how to clear fences quietly from a trot first...
Work those legs and learn a quiet, stabilized lower leg, the stability it will provide you in all things astride.
You need to learn how to present fences to a learning horse...try giving a take-off rail for one, properly placed on the ground...
Go back to cross-rails and several ground poles placed correct distances on the ground so you learn when to get off the back and how to quietly hold that position in the learn that at a trot first though.
Till you get some {better} instruction I would recommend using a neck strap for you to grab as you jump so you not pop the horse in the face/mouth...
The horse is honest and trying hard to do what you want...
Now you need to learn to be a quiet rider, with a steady leg and seat...with following hands being kinder to the horses back on are left behind on landing, you smack and thump and that can really hurt.
You look totally off-balance...actually you are totally off-balance when you go frame-by-frame watching the are not working with the horse...
You need some lessons...but in the meantime, lower those fences to protect both of you.
If that horse put on his brakes, you would be a missile over his head...
Someone needs to protect you since you are not protecting you...

If I owned that horse and witnessed your riding him...
Jumping as you would not be riding him unless you were in a lesson with a real instructor over jumps. sorry

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