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post #1 of 4 Old 01-31-2019, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Throwing myself at a jump?

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I had a jump lesson the other day and my trainer told me that at one jump I threw myself at the horse to go into my two point, and I do feel that. I feel that I’m not in tune/rhythm so to speak with the horse on the last stride and the leap off the ground. I’ve only been jumping for about 3 months, and I’ve made lots of progress as it is, but I can’t succesfully jump an actual course until I’ve got this down, so what can I do (other than practice, of course haha) to find the stride and get the timing of my two point correct?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-01-2019, 01:05 AM
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When you are just learning, you will need to be up in 2 point a stride or two before the jump. Really depends on how good your timing is. You might need 5 strides to be in the correct position and not interfering with your mount.


One thing you can do is practice at home. I use to ride my bike in 2-point and go over the biggest potholes in the road I could find! Even did a few banks (aka curbs) on the bike!


Helps with the timing.


The other thing you can do is watch folks jumping on YouTube or whatever, and stand up and copy their movement as it is happening. Bonus if you are lucky enough to have a big mirror to watch your performance
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-01-2019, 02:21 AM
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I totally disagree with going into two point two strides away from the fence. This puts you ahead of the movement and you cannot use your seat.
It also increases you to go to far forward when you are going over the fence.

Over lower fences there is no need to do much more than slightly raise your butt out the saddle, certainly no need to throw yourself right forward.
Concentrate on sitting up and keeping an even stride then you will get to see a stride.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-01-2019, 06:14 AM
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As someone who grew up doing Hunters, I jump the complete opposite of Foxhunter.

If you stay up in a two point the entire time it makes jumping really easy. Get up in your position, horse going forward from your leg. When you approach the jump the only thing you have to do is move your hands up the neck a bit and grab mane. You don't move your body at all. You don't go further into a jumping position, no need to catch up like you would if sitting.

Its learning to do nothing before you do something. Eventually you'll gain the control and skill to control your body and you can adjust your seat as needed. Maybe you do need a deeper seat with a certain horse or a certain fence, but as a beginner your horse should be uncomplicated and you can focus on you. You can see in this video the difference. The riders who take the fences in a half seat don't move.


Jumping without reins can help too. Its hard to throw yourself forward with nothing to balance on. You can do this one of three ways; being lunged over a fence, going through a grid/chute, or knotting your reins and letting go several strides before a single fence(harder).

I also find for myself, I let myself think about sitting more in the stride before the fence and that stops any excess motions. I don't actually sit, I'm still light and out of the tack, but it counteracts the compulsion to move the body forward. If you tend to duck, looking up and forward, like where the wall meets the ceiling at the end of the arena, can help.

But really, if you grab mane and don't move, from most positions you will then be pulled forward into the right position.
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