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post #1 of 7 Old 07-17-2015, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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Jumping critique as we get back into it?

I only have one clear picture at the moment, sorry!

I recently started working on jumping again with Nav, it's been a while since we've done very much. We're using a placing pole in front to help him figure out where to take off - do they eventually learn how to do it without? It seems like no matter what, Nav depends on that placement pole!

Anyway, I know my position leaves a lot to be desired. My leg constantly slips back, but I think it is partly because my position is weak from a lack of jumping (I've been seriously focusing on flatwork lately). I also noticed that my back is kind of rounded and I am not really out of the saddle (though during the jump I did feel like I was out of the saddle). I am very conscious of making sure I don't get ahead, but am I too far back? Should I be out more?

This jump was only 2'3" so not too big. Any comments welcome! Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-17-2015, 02:36 AM
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I would say definitely flatten your back, get out just a little bit more, and try to give more of a release up his neck. (I know you're already aware of this.)

Honestly, it's not horrid. I think it'll all come back to you very soon after a few rides. As far as the leg sliding goes - when looking at your two point, ask yourself - "if I took the horse away right now, would I be able to stand on my own two feet without falling over?" That's something to really help you think about exactly where your leg lies. It helps me to steady my leg by really stretching into my heel even more so than I already am when I'm jumping. I mean REALLY deep. I make an effort to stretch long and drop my weight in the last few strides before a jump. It helps keep it in place for me, because mine tends to slide back if I haven't jumped in a while.

So, try to flatten by pulling your shoulders down and back and even though it felt like you were really out of the saddle, just try to raise that bottom up a little bit more. (It's only 2'3 so this won't be a huge deal for now.) When I'm looking at him, it doesn't look like you're giving him enough of his head, so try to aim for more of a release. Just by leaning forward out of the saddle a little bit more, it will give you more of a forward position and a better release naturally.

Overall - looks pretty decent! I know it will be perfect with just a little more time. :)it'll all come back to you!
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-20-2015, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Yes, I think it will just take time to get back into the hang of it. Unfortunately I don't jump very often, since I don't do it unless I bring someone to spot me.

I'll definitely work on flattening my back and getting a bit out of the saddle. I think I need to probably work on core strength to support myself and not fall back into the saddle so quickly.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-29-2015, 04:48 PM
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Close hip angle a bit. Have you tried cross country? You guys both look like you would do well with it. Your horse is ADORABLE!! <3
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Thank you evilc123 - I may shorten up my stirrups a hole and see if that helps me sink down and close that angle. I would love to do cross country with him, but we don't have much opportunity for it at the moment since I don't have a trainer or even a trailer to go to events on my own. Hopefully someday!
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you look like a capable rider, the kind that might not have perfect form, but gets over this and that jump, goes cross country and can deal with whatever unexpected bump comes along. and your horse looks very happy and trusting, which is a greater guage of skill than anything, IMO.
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Thank you tinyliny, your comment means a lot! He's a great horse to work with, which helps things. :)
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